The Dome of the Rock: Origin of its Octagonal Plan

@article{Islam2007TheDO,
  title={The Dome of the Rock: Origin of its Octagonal Plan},
  author={M. A. Islam and Zaid F. Al-Hamad},
  journal={Palestine Exploration Quarterly},
  year={2007},
  volume={139},
  pages={109 - 128}
}
The Dome of the Rock or Qubbat al-Sakhra is a monument in the city of Jerusalem built on the platform at the top of Mount Moriah known as Bayt al-Maqdis or Bayt al-Muqaddas (the Holy House) and, by the common term for similar Muslim sacred places in Makkah and Madinah, the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary). The 34-acre platform is also known as Masjid al-Aqsa (the Farthest Mosque) following such reference in the Qur’an, although a mosque called by the same name exists on its southern edge. The… 
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