Islamicjerusalem has been at the heart of the Muslim religion from its early days. ‚The Geographical Dimensions of Islamicjerusalem‚ brings new dimensions and horizons to the relations between Islam and this Holy region. It delves into topics that have been overlooked in much of modern scholarship. It reinvestigates concepts and translates them into something that can be understood both physically and geographically. This work is an attempt to shed light on some of these concepts and the way they were perceived in early and later centuries. It lays the foundation and raises more questions for further scholarship. The book introduces the concept of Islamicjerusalem and the background development of this new field and presents some of the latest research to the reader. One of the main contributions of this book is the unveiling of the fact that Bayt al-Maqdis (Islamicjerusalem) is not a single city only; rather this work testifies to its long existence as a large spiritual region encompassing various cities, towns and villages. The book also contrasts the region of Islamicjerusalem with the sacred regions of Makkah and Madinah; particular attention is paid to the physical similarities between the Ka‚bah and al-Aqsa Mosque. A further asset of this book is the study of the various names and their connotations in early and later periods of Muslim rule. These evocative ideas and findings are supported with explanatory maps and diagrams.
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Khalid El-Awaisi is a lecturer in Islamicjerusalem Studies at the Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies ‚ University of Aberdeen. Currently he is also the Director of the Centre for Islamicjerusalem Studies at the Institute. His recent research concentrates on the study of the geographical extents of various religious/ spiritual entities.
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