Study Guide for Grabar. "The Symbolic Appropriation of the Land"

For this reading you will need to figure out right away what Grabar means by "symbolic appropriation". Then, identify the three buildings he discusses in light of which particular "lands" the Muslims have "appropriated". Then understand his explanation of the symbols used by the Muslims in their "appropriation" of these places. It will be helpful, I think, to know the geographical location, the years in question, and a general outline of events and developments taking place in these places in these years.