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The Jews in Late Antiquity

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...In 1937 Stefan Zweig wrote The Buried Candelabrum, a short and beautiful novel that recreates the story of the menorah of the Second Temple. In fact, the Romans stole the candelabrum after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE. According...

Bell-lamp of Oran from the Perspective of Art History

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Encyclopedia entry

...Object Description The bell-lamp of Oran is a repurposed Iberian bell removed from a Christian church and augmented with lamp holders for use in a North African mosque in present-day Algeria (fig.1). It is currently in the collection...

Bell-lamp of Oran from the Perspective of Cultural History

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Encyclopedia entry

...Object Description In the Islamic west (the Maghrib), Muslim rulers fostered and continued a tradition of capturing Christian bells as spolia and converting them into lamps. The bell-lamp of Oran (located in present-day Algeria...

From the Maghrib to the Two Sicilies

Light from the East : How the Science of Medieval Islam Helped to Shape the Western World

I.B.Tauris, 2011

Book chapter

...The great scientists and philosophers of the Islamic West were as much at home in the Maghrib, as they were in al-Andalus. Some of them travelled widely in both the Muslim and Christian worlds, which from the late eleventh century onwards...