Mecca: The Sacred City

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Oct 21, 2014 - History - 408 pages
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Mecca is, for many, the heart of Islam. It is the birthplace of Muhammad, the direction to which Muslims turn when they pray, and the site of pilgrimage that annually draws some three million Muslims from all corners of the world. Yet the significance of Mecca is more than purely religious. What happens in Mecca and how Muslims think about the political and cultural history of Mecca has had and continues to have a profound influence on world events to this day.

In this insighful book, Ziauddin Sardar unravels the meaning and significance of Mecca. Tracing its history, from its origins as a barren valley in the desert to its evolution as a trading town and sudden emergence as the religious center of a world empire, Sardar examines the religious struggles and rebellions in Mecca that have significantly shaped Muslim culture. An illuminative, lyrical, and witty blend of history, reportage, and memoir, Mecca reflects all that is profound and enlightening, curious and amusing about Mecca and takes us behind the closed doors to one of the most important places in the world today.

 

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Sardar (law, Middlessex Univ., London) sets out to discover the historical and religious significance Mecca holds for Muslims. Since the advent of Islam, Mecca has not been a political capital. While ... Read full review

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Powerful, Fearless and Truthful ! story of Mecca and Deep Rooted Politics in the Name of religion gallantly composed. Very relevant to the present crisis engulfing Muslim world.

Contents

The Valley of Weeping
1
I Love Thee More Than the Entire World
33
Rebellions at Gods Earthly Throne
65
Sharifs Sultans and Sectarians
104
Love and Fratricide in the Holy City
141
The Caravans of Precious Gifts
174
The Wahhabi Threat
214
Camels Indians and Feudal Queens
244
Mecca Under the Saudis
313
The Recongured Utopia
343
Chronology
365
Notes
373
Acknowledgements
393
65
399
313
406
Copyright

Western Visitors Arab Garb
275

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Ziauddin Sardar was born in Pakistan and grew up in Hackney, near London. A writer, broadcaster, and cultural critic, he is one of the world's foremost Muslim intellectuals and author of more than forty-five books on Islam, science, and contemporary culture. He has been listed by Prospect magazine as one of Britain's top one hundred intellectuals. Currently he is visiting professor of postcolonial studies at City University; editor of Futures, a monthly journal on policy, planning, and futures studies; a columnist for the New Statesman; and a commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He lives in London.

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