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Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant
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Author: Ali Kazuyoshi, Essay by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Publisher: Aperture Books
Pages: 192 Binding: Hardback
Description from the publisher:
For both Muslims and those unfamiliar with the Islamic faith, Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant provides access to the heart of Islam -- an exploration of the holiest sites of one of the great spiritual traditions. A fascinating entry into a world whose core is religion, where there is no division between the secular and the sacred. Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant renders through photographs and text the essence of Muslim traditions and belief. Never before have Mecca and Medina -- the poles between which the spiritual current of Islam have oscillated for fourteen centuries with world-reverberating power -- been celebrated with such visual majesty and descriptive depth. The photographer, a Japanese convert to Islam, is known for his exhaustive research and fieldwork covering the Arabian Peninsula. Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is one of the world's preeminent scholars of Islam, is the current professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.