006- Byzantine Period
Iconoclasm is the destruction of images and statues for religious or political purposes. Iconoclasm took place during both the Byzantine and Islamic periods in Jordan. The careful erasing of icons in churches such as the Church of St. Stephen in Umm al-Rasas suggests changes introduced by the Christian community in the Byzantine period. In the Islamic period that followed, iconography was tolerated, except under the brief rule of the Umayyad caliph Yazid II (720-724 CE). The destruction of iconography in open areas, such as the figures on Petra’s Treasury, might be by individuals, not systematic campaigns.
Common in Byzantine churches such as the Church of St. Stephen in Umm al-Rasas.