The Minbar: Symbol of Verticality and of Elevation

Jane Fatima Casewit & Naima Chikhaoui

When the preacher mounts the minbar, he stands up straight and leans on his sceptre and proclaims the “holy” word, addressed in the name of God. His words transcend the space of this lower world and go directly to the celestial space. It is not only a question of a change in space, but… a question of changing one’s mode of being.

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Originally published in Sacred Web, Volume 14, Winter 2004.

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