World Cultures I
Structures and Pilgrimage”
Describe the main purpose of the Hajj
in the Muslim faith, and identify two (2) specific aspects of the Hajj that you
find fascinating or significant. Next, explain the association between Muhammad
and the area of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Lastly, describe the sacred
art of Islam’s key qualities, and explain the fundamental reasons why Muslim
artists of sacred works are reluctant to include images of humans (i.e., at
least in sacred areas). Think of a place of worship (of any religion) today,
and explain which type of artistic tradition would be more conducive to worship:
Byzantine art, Hindu art, or Muslim art.
National Geographic on the Hajj at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM81wroj_MQ
Walking tour of Jerusalem’s Dome of
the Rock and structures around it at http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200901/al-haram/tour.htm.
(Focus on what you wish; the entire tour is lengthy)
**This is a discussion, NOT a paper. Please no plagiarism.**