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By Dr Khalid El-Awaisi

This monograph investigates the existence of the region of Islamicjerusalem and its extents throughout Muslim centuries. The initial cause of the study is the neglect of the concept of the region that was once popular in the early Muslim periods and also the vanishing of knowledge on the extent of the region in later centuries. The monograph examines critically both direct and general accounts referring to a region for Islamicjerusalem from the early Muslim period. It also distinguishes this region from the administrative political districts that existed along side this region. Rather it equates its extent with the religious extents of the sacred regions of Makkah and Madinah.



The monograph goes further to discuss the wider framework in which the region of Islamicjerusalem is situated; this investigates the geographical extent of another two entities the Holy Land and Land of Barakah, which Islamicjerusalem is a central part of.

Another aspect of this monograph is the detailed survey of Muslim literature and their reference to the names of Islamicjerusalem. This clearly reflected a wide spectrum of usage for the names in the different connotations referring to the mosque, city and region.



The Study clearly sets out that the region of Islamicjerusalem is an essential part of the Qur’anic and Prophetic terminologies. It lies at the heart of the Land of Barakah and has almost identical extents with the Holy Land.



This monograph sets out and develops new evidence for the discourse of the New Field of Inquiry of Islamicjerusalem Studies and sets a keystone in the foundation of this field. It clearly maps out the route of future academic research in this field.



Dr Khalid El-Awaisi, Lecturer in Islamicjerusalem Studies at the Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies –University of Aberdeen. He specialises in the History and Geography of Islamicjerusalem and the Geographical interpretations of the Qur’an.

ISBN: 1-904436-08-9
Date Published: 2007
Type: Paperback
Pages: 327
Price: £19.99

 

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