The minbar of Saladin, an intricately designed wooden pulpit, was one of the masterpieces of Islamic art. Made in the 12th century, on Saladin's conquest of Jerusalem it was placed in the al-Aqsa Mosque, where it remained for almost 800 years. Then, in 1969, it was burned down by an Australian fanatical Christian. This book charts the difficult process of reconstructing the minbar from scratch, a challenge made even more difficult by the lack of the necessary skills and the loss of the secrets of its original construction and decoration. Thus it covers both Islamic art and the revival of lost traditional skills.
Lynette Singer is Managing Director of West Park Pictures. She is the editor, with Robin Wood, of Peoples of Africa, and author, with Andre Singer, of Divine Magic:TheWorld of the Supernatural, which accompanied a Channel 4 television series.
Foreword by HRH Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad of Jordan * Introduction by HRH Prince Charles * 1. Crossroads of Conflict: The Minbar of Saladin's Place in History * 2. The Destruction of the Minbar and the Aftermath * 3. Islamic Art: Sacred Geometry, Harmony and Balance * 4. Rebuilding the Minbar: The Quest for Lost Knowledge and Skills * 5. The Solution: The Man Who Solved the Puzzle * 6. The Minbar Reconstructed * Further Reading