A book that re-explores the heritage of Arab-Islamic civilization in the island of "Sicily" is being published by the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation.
December 5, 2017
The book titled "Manifestations of Islamic Architecture in Sicily" by Dr. Wajida Al-Sakkohi has been issued by the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation. The book delves into the cultural heritage constructed by Muslims during their rule over Sicily, shedding light on various architectural masterpieces, palaces, mosques, and rare landmarks that remain unknown or forgotten by many. This book resurfaces the achievements of the artisans of that civilization, showcasing their architectural artistry and administrative development in the contemporary scene.
Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain, the Chairman of the Foundation, commented on the book, stating, "The reader will encounter an immense wealth of information about the diverse buildings and structures erected by our ancestors throughout their rule over the island, which witnessed periods of prosperity and occasional decline. Despite the historical events documented by historians in their writings after the end of Arab Islamic rule in these ancient lands, these landmarks continue to stand the test of time, narrating their grand legacy and history."
Albabtain mentioned that the idea for the book came to mind during his visit to Sicily when he met with the Mayor of Palermo and witnessed the relics that extend back to the Arab rule for many years. After their arrival in Sicily during the 10th century, the Muslims left behind numerous monumental achievements and constructions, highly praised by historians through the ages. Notably, historian Al-Idrisi described the capital city of Palermo in his work "Nuzhat al-Mushtaq" in the year 1138, stating, "It has beautiful buildings, and its structures are admired by all observers for their construction finesse and ingenious designs."
The book presents, through rare photos and documents, evidence of the most magnificent innovations and creativity in various construction techniques, design, artistic ornamentation, sculpture, decoration, and painting. These elements provide the researcher with well-documented cultural references with precision and integrity. Additionally, it grants the interested and history enthusiast an opportunity to uncover facets of Muslim history that have not been justly recognized in the present, and some of which have remained unknown. Therefore, it became essential to rediscover and present them anew in this book.