The Umayyad Caliphate exhibited four main social classes: 1. Apart from the attention given for strategic and commercial purposes, the Abbasids had no interest in Damascus. After the death of Umar, another son of Abd al-Malik, Yazid II (720–724) became caliph. He reassembled the mosaics on the qibla wall and replaced all the marble tiles in the prayer hall. There are two reasons for this difficulty. Asked for an explanation of the prophecies in the Book of Revelation (12:3), `Abdu'l-Bahá suggests in Some Answered Questions that the "great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads," refers to the Umayyad caliphs who "rose against the religion of Prophet Muhammad and against the reality of Ali".. Damascus was the capital of the Aramaean state Aram-Damascus and a large temple dedicated to the cult of Hadad-Ramman, the god of thunderstorms and rain, was erected at the site of the present-day Umayyad Mosque. Although the chronology remains somewhat uncertain, the building seems to have been completed in 692, which means that it was under construction during the conflict with Ibn al-Zubayr. As the central power of the Umayyad rulers waned in the later years of the dynasty, some governors neglected to send the extra tax revenue to Damascus and created great personal fortunes. The Fatimids of Egypt, who adhered to Shia Islam, conquered Damascus in 970, but few recorded improvements of the mosque were undertaken by the new rulers. Mamluk sultan al-Nasir Muhammad also undertook major restoration work for the mosque in 1328. The region of Syria remained the Umayyads' main power base thereafter, and Damascus was their capital. The taxes to the central government were calculated and negotiated by the people's political representatives. He also introduced a uniquely Muslim coinage, marked by its aniconic decoration, which supplanted the Byzantine and Sasanian coins that had previously been in use. The second major event of the early reign of Abd al-Malik was the construction of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Marwan ibn al- Hakam won the clash who was supported by the Kalbites and became the caliph of the new Umayyad Dynasty. Umar bin Abdul-Aziz developed it further by building caravanserais at stages along the Khurasan highway. , Uthman's nepotism provoked the ire of the Ansar and the members of the shura. One stone remains from the Aramaean temple, dated to the rule of King Hazael, and is currently on display in the National Museum of Damascus.  The Umayyad dynastic color was white, after the banner of Muawiya ibn Abi Sufyan; it is now one of the four Pan-Arab colours which appear in various combinations on the flags of most Arab countries. The first, wider wall spanned a wide area that included a market, and the second wall surrounded the actual sanctuary of Jupiter.  Some sources claim it was originally built by the Abbasids in the 9th century, while other sources attribute the original structure to the Umayyads. They were given a legally protected status as second-class citizens as long as they accepted and acknowledged the political supremacy of the ruling Muslims, i.e. Hisham reformed it and paid only to those who participated in battle. If they converted to Islam they would cease paying jizya and would instead pay zakat. Among the largest mosaic fragments restored was a 34.5 by 7.3 metres (113 by 24 ft) segment in the western portico called the "Barada panel". The city was founded in 762 as the capital of the ʿAbbāsid dynasty of caliphs, and for the next 500 years it was the most significant cultural centre of Arab and Islamic civilization and one of the greatest cities of the world. Because the northern part of the courtyard had been destroyed in an earthquake in 1759, the arcade is not consistent; when the northern wall was rebuilt the columns that were supporting it were not.  Donner adds "Zoroastrians continued to exist in large numbers in northern and western Iran and elsewhere for centuries after the rise of Islam, and indeed, much of the canon of Zoroastrian religious texts was elaborated and written down during the Islamic period. The ten horns represent the ten names of the leaders of the Umayyad dynasty: Abu Sufyan, Muawiya, Yazid, Marwan, Abd al-Malik, Walid, Sulayman, Umar, Hisham, and Ibrahim.  In return for recognizing his suzerainty, maintaining order and the forwarding of a relatively token portion of the provincial tax revenues to Damascus, the caliph let his governors rule with practical independence. Once again, a particular difficulty concerned the question of the conversion of non-Arabs, especially the Sogdians of Transoxiana. Muawiyah married Maysum, the daughter of the chief of the Kalb tribe, a large Jacobite Christian Arab tribe in Syria.  Although Marwan regained full control of Syria in the months following the battle, the inter-tribal strife undermined the foundation of Umayyad power: the Syrian army. These missions met with success both among Arabs and non-Arabs (mawali), although the latter may have played a particularly important role in the growth of the movement.  The bottom part of the minaret most likely dates back to the Abbasid era in the 9th century.  Yazid died shortly after and Umar appointed his brother Mu'awiya in his place.  In Syria Ibn Bahdal secured the succession of Yazid's son and appointed successor Mu'awiya II, whose authority was likely restricted to Damascus and Syria's southern districts.  From early in his reign, Uthman displayed explicit favouritism to his kinsmen, in stark contrast to his predecessors.  The central transept divides the arcades into two halves each with eleven arches.  This anti-Arab feeling also influenced the books on Islamic history. Main article: Umayyad Empire The Caliphate, 622-750 Expansion under Muhammad, 622-632 Expansion during the Rashidun Caliphs, 632-661 Expansion during the Umayyad Caliphate, 661-750. In 720, another major revolt arose in Iraq, this time led by Yazid ibn al-Muhallab. These were the first coins minted by a Muslim government in history. Marwan II was the fourteenth and last Umayyad caliph, ruling from 744 until his death in 750. The Umayyads have met with a largely negative reception from later Islamic historians, who have accused them of promoting a kingship (mulk, a term with connotations of tyranny) instead of a true caliphate (khilafa). Further Shia Imams, such as Muhammad's great-grandson, Ali ibn Husayn Zayn al-Abidin would be killed at the hands of ruling Umayyad caliphs.  During a summit of pro-Umayyad Syrian tribes, namely the Quda'a and their Kindite allies, organized by Ibn Bahdal in the old Ghassanid capital of Jabiya, Marwan was elected caliph in exchange for economic privileges to the loyalist tribesmen.  Syria's emergence as the metropolis of the Umayyad Caliphate was the result of Mu'awiya's twenty-year entrenchment in the province, the geographic distribution of its relatively large Arab population throughout the province in contrast to their seclusion in garrison cities in other provinces, and the domination of a single tribal confederation, the Kalb-led Quda'a, as opposed to the wide array of competing tribal groups in Iraq. The book Al Muwatta, by Imam Malik, was written in the early Abbasid period in Medina. Umar bin Abdul-Aziz developed it further by building caravanserais at stages along the Khurasan highway. The objectives given to Musa ibn Umar were identical to those given to other Muslim commanders, to teach the Quran, secure the taxation or tribute, to protect and safeguard the security of the country and to affirm its loyalty to the capital of the Umayyads in Damascus.. The Arab Empire of the Umayyads, G. 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He erected a large sundial on the mosque's northern minaret in 1371, now lost, more recently a replica was installed in its place.  The Kalb tribe had remained largely neutral when the Muslims first went into Syria. Muawiyah also declared his son, Yazid, as his successor in breach of a treaty with Hassan, Muhammad's grandson. , The Umayyad Mosque holds great significance to Shia and Sunni Muslims, as this was the destination of the ladies and children of the family of Muhammad, made to walk here from Iraq, following the Battle of Karbala.  The setback delayed Abd al-Malik's attempts to reestablish Umayyad authority in Iraq, while pressures from the Byzantine Empire and raids into Syria by the Byzantines' Mardaite allies compelled him to sign a peace treaty with Byzantium in 689 which substantially increased the Umayyads' annual tribute to the Empire. In the early period of Islam, justice was administered by Muhammad and the orthodox Caliphs in person. Ibn Hisham also wrote about these events. , The Umayyad Mosque is one of the few early mosques in the world to have maintained the same general structure and architectural features since its initial construction in the early 8th century and its Umayyad character has not been significantly altered. , Mu'awiya's principal challenge was reestablishing the unity of the Muslim community and asserting the credibility of the Caliphate and his own power across the provinces amid the political and social disintegration of the First Fitna.  Byzantine artisans were employed to create the mosaics, still visible, which depict landscapes and buildings in a characteristic late Roman style. He recounted that Muawiyah spent a great deal of time in prayer, in spite of the burden of managing a large empire.. Another of Muhammad's grandsons, Husayn ibn Ali, would be killed by Yazid in the Battle of Karbala. First settled in the second millennium BC, it was chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. A large courtyard occupies the northern part of the mosque complex, while the haram ("sanctuary") covers the southern part. They are parallel to the direction of prayer which is towards Mecca in modern-day Saudi Arabia. He was a Melkite Christian official of the early Umayyad Caliphate.  With a height of 36 meters (118 ft), the dome rests on an octagonal substructure with two arched windows on each of its sides.  The decision to arbitrate fundamentally weakened Ali's political position as he was forced to negotiate with Mu'awiya on equal terms, while it drove a significant number of his supporters, who became known as the Kharijites, to revolt. Two tribes namely the Kalb and the Qays argued around for two candidates for caliph; Ibn- al- Zubayr and Marwan- ibn- al- Hakam. , Damascus witnessed the establishment of several religious institutions under the Ayyubids, but the Umayyad Mosque retained its place as the center of religious life in the city.  Ali's coalition steadily disintegrated and many Iraqi tribal nobles secretly defected to Mu'awiya, while the latter's ally Amr ibn al-As ousted Ali's governor from Egypt in July 658. , The Temple of Hadad-Ramman continued to serve a central role in the city, and when the Roman Empire conquered Damascus in 64 BCE, they assimilated Hadad with their own god of thunder, Jupiter. Mu'awiya is a member of one of the most prominent families of Mecca, the Umayya.  Marj Rahit led to the long-running conflict between the Qays and Yaman coalitions as the former regrouped in the Euphrates river fortress of Circesium under Zufar ibn al-Harith al-Kilabi and moved to avenge their losses. , The Minaret of Jesus (Arabic: مئذنة عيسى, Mi'dhanah ′Isa), located on the southeast corner of the mosque complex, is around 77 meters (253 ft) in height and the tallest of the three minarets.  This was accompanied by al-Ma'mun's removal and replacement of Umayyad inscriptions in the mosque.  According to Shia hadiths, which are not considered authentic by Sunnis, Ali described them as the worst Fitna.  However, the Abbasids did consider the mosque to be a major symbol of Islam's triumph, and thus it was spared the systematic eradication of the Umayyad legacy in the city. Rahman 1999 Page 40, A Chronology Of Islamic History 570–1000 CE, By H.U. Marwan also faced significant opposition from Kharijites in Iraq and Iran, who put forth first Dahhak ibn Qays and then Abu Dulaf as rival caliphs. , Although Ali was able to replace Uthman's governors in Egypt and Iraq with relative ease, Mu'awiya had developed a solid power-base and an effective military against the Byzantines from the Arab tribes of Syria. The Umayyads also began the process of spreading Islam throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe. Abd al-Malik also recommenced offensive warfare against Byzantium, defeating the Byzantines at Sebastopolis and recovering control over Armenia and Caucasian Iberia. next to extremely important info (main idea).  These consisted of four main governmental branches: political affairs, military affairs, tax collection, and religious administration. Geographically, the empire was divided into several provinces, the borders of which changed numerous times during the Umayyad reign.  The garrison towns of Kufa and Basra, populated by the Arab immigrants and troops who arrived during the conquest of Iraq in the 630s–640s, resented the transition of power to Syria.  With limited resources and the Byzantines just over the border, Muawiyah worked in cooperation with the local Christian population. Dinar coin issued by the Umayyad Caliph Hisham (723-743 AD). He demolished and completely rebuilt the unstable qibla wall and moved the Bab al-Ziyadah gate to the east. The Umayyad Empire prospered in several ways under the leadership of different Caliphs. Marwan II was the fourteenth and last Umayyad caliph, ruling from 744 until his death in 750.  Two shrines commemorating Husayn ibn Ali (Arabic: مقام الحسين), whose martyrdom is frequently compared to that of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, exist within the building premises.  In Shia sources, the Umayyad Caliphate is widely described as "tyrannical, anti-Islamic and godless". Thus, much of the local government's work was recorded in Greek, Coptic, and Persian. His power base has been Syria. ʿAbd al-Malik, in full ʿabd Al-malik Ibn Marwān, (born 646/647, Medina, Arabia—died October 705, Damascus), fifth caliph (685–705) of the Umayyad Arab dynasty centred in Damascus.He reorganized and strengthened governmental administration and, throughout the empire, adopted Arabic as the language of administration.. Life. Muawiya was one of the first to realize the full importance of having a navy; as long as the Byzantine fleet could sail the Mediterranean unopposed, the coastlines of Syria, Palestine and Egypt would never be safe. , Towards the end of the 4th century, in 391, the Temple of Jupiter was converted into a cathedral by the Christian emperor Theodosius I (r. 379–395). The Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik developed a regular postal service. The conquest of Sindh and Punjab, in modern-day Pakistan, although costly, were major gains for the Umayyad Caliphate, yielding roughly 60 million dirhams according to the Arab historian al-Baladhuri (not including the taxes, levies and duties imposed on the rich trading outposts of Sindh on the Indian Ocean routes). It does not contain any anti-Umayyad content because it was more concerned with what the Quran and what Muhammad said and was not a history book on the Umayyads. , The Mongols, under the leadership of Kitbuqa, in alliance with Crusader forces, captured Damascus from the Ayyubids in 1260. In 747, Marwan managed to re-establish control of Iraq, but by this time a more serious threat had arisen in Khorasan. Abd al-Malik is credited with centralizing the administration of the Caliphate and with establishing Arabic as its official language. The Umayyad Caliphate had four main social classes: The Muslim Arabs were at the top of the society and saw it as their duty to rule over the conquered areas. It was followed by the collapse of Umayyad authority in al-Andalus.  The Minaret of Jesus was burnt down in a fire in 1392.  Ali's sovereignty was thereafter recognized in Basra and Egypt and he established Kufa as the Caliphate's new capital. Gold coins were called dinars while silver coins were called dirhams.  When Umar's overall commander of the province Abu Ubayda ibn al-Jarrah died in 639, he appointed Yazid governor of Syria's Damascus, Palestine and Jordan districts.  Shias point out that the founder of the dynasty, Muawiyah, declared himself a caliph in 657 and went to war against Muhammad's son-in-law and cousin, the ruling caliph Ali, clashing at the Battle of Siffin. It also imposed and collected taxes and disbursed revenue. in the Umayyad Caliphate as compared to the Abbasid Caliphate. Muslim non-Arabs (clients of the Muslim Arabs) 3.  Mounting resentment against Uthman's rule in Iraq and Egypt and among the Ansar and Quraysh of Medina culminated in the siege and killing of the caliph in 656. The attempt failed as the Mamluks proceeded to burn the catapults before they were placed in the mosque. Previté-Orton also argues that the feud between Syria and Iraq further weakened the empire..  The Abbasid governor of Damascus, al-Fadl ibn Salih ibn Ali, built the so-called Dome of the Clock[dubious – discuss] in the eastern section of the mosque in 780. Harun al-Rashid - Abbasid caliph during whose reign Baghdad became the world's preeminent centre of trade, learning, and culture.  Ali and Mu'awiya fought to a stalemate at the Battle of Siffin in early 657. Around 746, Abu Muslim assumed leadership of the Hashimiyya in Khurasan.  Savagely though Muawiyah prosecuted his wars against the Romans, yet his subjects, no longer trampled by rival armies, no longer divided by hostile watchtowers, knew only peace at last. Also, as conversions increased, tax revenues from non-Muslims decreased to dangerous lows. The postal carriages were also used for the swift transport of troops. According to local Damascene tradition, relating from Hadith of Muhammad about the Qiyamah, he will reach earth via the Minaret of Jesus, hence its name. The first Friday prayer performed in Selim's name in the Umayyad Mosque was attended by the sultan himself. Muawiya's wife Maysum (Yazid's mother) was also a Jacobite Christian. The problem of the rights of non-Arab Muslims would continue to plague the Umayyads. Prominent imams, including Ibn 'Asakir, preached a spiritual struggle jihad (" in Arabic the word means struggle/Strive") and when the Crusaders advanced towards Damascus in 1148, the city's residents heeded their calls; the Crusader army withdrew as a result of their resistance. Many Muslims criticized the Umayyads for having too many non-Muslim, former Roman administrators in their government, e.g., St. John of Damascus. He soon established control of Khurasan, expelling its Umayyad governor, Nasr ibn Sayyar, and dispatched an army westwards. Hisham's reign witnessed the end of expansion in the west, following the defeat of the Arab army by the Franks at the Battle of Tours in 732. The coinage reform which led to the issue of this coin began in 77 AH (696-697 AD) under the Umayyad Caliph 'Abd al-Malik. Mu‘awiya established his capital at Damascus, shifting his power base north of Mecca and Medina in the Arab heartland.  Abu Sufyan and the Umayyads relocated to Medina, Islam's political centre, to maintain their new-found political influence in the nascent Muslim community.  To reconcile his influential Qurayshite tribesmen, Muhammad gave his former opponents, including Abu Sufyan, a stake in the new order. Non-Muslim free persons (Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians) 4. Struck at the Damascus mint (probable) in the year 106 AH (724-725 AD). Dinar coin issued by the Umayyad Caliph Hisham (723-743 AD).  Thus, they engaged in a project to reconfigure and expand the temple under the direction of Damascus-born architect Apollodorus, who created and executed the new design.  He had the surplus taxes from the wealthy provinces of Kufa and Egypt forwarded to the treasury in Medina, which he used at his personal disposal, frequently disbursing its funds and war booty to his Umayyad relatives. For … This pattern is the same repeated by the arcades of the courtyard.  Moreover, the lucrative Sasanian crown lands of Iraq, which Umar had designated as communal property for the benefit of the Arab garrison towns of Kufa and Basra, were turned into caliphal crown lands to be used at Uthman's discretion. The Diwan of Umar, assigning annuities to all Arabs and to the Muslim soldiers of other races, underwent a change in the hands of the Umayyads. In 1270, Baibars, by now the Mamluk sultan, ordered extensive restorations to the mosque, particularly its marble, mosaics and gildings. The Umayyad Caliphate became one of the major political, cultural, and scientific centers of the early medieval world.  The original wooden dome was replaced by one built of stone following the 1893 fire.  According to the historian Wilferd Madelung, this policy stemmed from Uthman's "conviction that the house of Umayya, as the core clan of Quraysh, was uniquely qualified to rule in the name of Islam".  In 1113, the Seljuk atabeg of Mosul, Sharaf al-Din Mawdud (r. 1109–1113), was assassinated in the Umayyad Mosque. Therefore, they held to a less universalist conception of Islam than did many of their rivals. ", Christians and Jews still continued to produce great theological thinkers within their communities, but as time wore on, many of the intellectuals converted to Islam, leading to a lack of great thinkers in the non-Muslim communities. Survivors of the dynasty established themselves in Cordoba which, in the form of an emirate and then a caliphate, became a world centre of science, medicine, philosophy and invention, ushering in the period of the Golden Age of Islam. The dynasty was eventually overthrown by a rebellion led by the Abbasids in 750. In January 750 the two forces met in the Battle of the Zab, and the Umayyads were defeated. The distinction seems to indicate that the Umayyads "regarded themselves as God's representatives at the head of the community and saw no need to share their religious power with, or delegate it to, the emergent class of religious scholars. According to Baibars' biographer, Ibn Shaddad, the restorations cost the sultan a sum of 20,000 dinars. The main body of the current minaret was built by the Ayyubids in 1247, but the upper section was constructed by the Ottomans. It was the largest temple in Roman Syria. As Islam spread, more and more of the Muslim population consisted of non-Arabs. Some of these buildings, such as the Umayyad Mosque of Damascus, reflect the diversity of the empire, as thousands of Greek, Persian, Coptic, Indian and Persian craftsmen were conscripted to construct them.  The mosque is also believed by Muslims to be the place where Jesus will return at the End of Days.  Under Mu'awiya's direction, the Muslim conquest of Ifriqiya (central North Africa) was launched by the commander Uqba ibn Nafi in 670, which extended Umayyad control as far as Byzacena (modern southern Tunisia), where Uqba founded the permanent Arab garrison city of Kairouan.  The minaret was later rebuilt with little decoration. In 744, Yazid III, a son of al-Walid I, was proclaimed caliph in Damascus, and his army tracked down and killed al-Walid II. The Mamluks under Qalawun drove out the Mongols later that year. , Timur besieged Damascus in 1400. Why did the Umayyad Caliphate Collapse ? It is supported by the central interior arcade and has openings along its parameter.. Byzantine copper coins were used until 658, while Byzantine gold coins were still in use until the monetary reforms c.700. Al-Walid ibn Abdul-Rahman - Inscribed Pound Weight - Walters 476 - Top edited.jpg 1,221 × 1,246; 614 KB Kufa fell to the Hashimiyya in 749, the last Umayyad stronghold in Iraq, Wasit, was placed under siege, and in November of the same year Abul Abbas as-Saffah was recognized as the new caliph in the mosque at Kufa. The Umayyad Mosque underwent major restorations in 1929 during the French Mandate over Syria and in 1954 and 1963 under the Syrian Republic. , The mosque's extensive mosaics and its marble panelling were once again ravaged by fire in 1893, and had to be restored. First, some of the Caliphs who ascended to power adopted ineffective leadership styles. In order to reduce forgery, Diwan al-Khatam (Bureau of Registry), a kind of state chancellery, was instituted by Mu'awiyah. Islamic arts - Islamic arts - Early period: the Umayyad and ʿAbbāsid dynasties: Of all the recognizable periods of Islamic art, this is by far the most difficult one to explain properly, even though it is quite well documented. Muawiyah I's family, including his progenitors, Abu Sufyan ibn Harb and his wife Hind bint Utbah, were originally opponents of Islam and particularly of Muhammad until the Conquest of Mecca, but they converted to the religion in 630. During its transformation into a Christian cathedral, it was not immediately dedicated to John the Baptist; this was a later association, which came about in the sixth century. It was only during the reign of Abd al-Malik that government work began to be regularly recorded in Arabic. The northern riwaq ("portico") was rebuilt in 1089. Iran was Sunni at the time. He is the only Umayyad ruler to have been recognized by subsequent Islamic tradition as a genuine caliph (khalifa) and not merely as a worldly king (malik). 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