Kitab akhbar Makka, Book of Reports about Mecca

Name of text: Kitab akhbar Makka, Book of Reports about Mecca
Author of text: Al-Azraqi
Date of text: 9th century, before 865
Date of person in text: 9the century
Name of structure in text: Masjid al-Haram, Mecca
Type of structure in text: holy area
Date of structure in text 754
Century of structure 1: 8 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Saudi Arabia
Region in text:
City in text: Mecca
Specific place of mosaic in text:


Description of mosaic in text:

Two pious mosaic inscriptions commemorating al-Mansur, founder of Baghdad, who enlarged and decorated the area, executed in black on a gold ground. ‘The first house appointed to Me was the one at Bakka’, Koran, 3.96 is one of two inscriptions.

Mosaic date in text: 8 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text: black
Bibliography: Al-Azraqi, Kitab akhbar Makka, Book of Reports about Mecca, ed. by Ferdinand Wustenfeld, Die Chroniken der Stadt Mekka, Bd. 1 (Leipzig: Brockhaus, 1858), pp. 309-12
See also:

Alain George, ‘Calligraphy, Colour and Light in the Blue Qur’an’, Journal of Qur’anic Studies, 11.1 (2009), p. 98, and n. 114 and 115 on p. 122. 
Inscription given in Oleg Grabar, ‘Upon reading al-Azraqi’, Muqurnas, 3 (1985), 1-7, p. 5.


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