Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant: The Holiest Cities of Islam

Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant: The Holiest Cities of Islam

by Seyyed Hossein Nasr Ph.D.
     
 

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Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant is an unprecedented photographic exploration of the most holy cities of Islam and the hajj, or annual pilgrimage during Ramadan, when more than a million faithful journey to Mecca's Great Mosque to commemorate the first revelation of the Qur'an (Koran).

This book allows both Muslims and those unfamiliar with the Islamic

Overview

Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant is an unprecedented photographic exploration of the most holy cities of Islam and the hajj, or annual pilgrimage during Ramadan, when more than a million faithful journey to Mecca's Great Mosque to commemorate the first revelation of the Qur'an (Koran).

This book allows both Muslims and those unfamiliar with the Islamic faith complete access to the holiest sites of one of the world's major religions, practiced by a quarter of the world's population but often misunderstood in the west.

Photographer Ali Kazuyoshi Namachi, a Muslim convert from Japan, garnered the full support of Saudi Arabian authorities—rarely given—to shoot in cities where photography is strictly controlled and non-Muslims are not allowed.

An expansive work of photojournalism, Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant includes:

  • 140 full-color, never-before-seen photographs
  • Mystical places and scenes of Islam
  • Breathtaking aerial photographs of the Arabian terrain
  • Vistas of teeming crowds of worshippers surrounding the Kacbah, Mecca's sacred center
  • Intense portraits of faithful Muslims in prayer
  • Magnificent architecture reflecting the faith of the believers
  • Archival illustrations

Text by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, one of the most highly regarded scholars of Islam, enhances the stunning Islamic holy city photographs to illuminate many aspects of Islamic belief that have remained enigma to non-Muslims—until now.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Some of the photographs in the book show the number of people who make this great journey each year. The crowds and camaraderie that must be felt to be one of the millions there must be amazing. The Hajj chapter has the most text of the entire book. It e
Booknews
Stupendous large color images by award winning photographer Nomachi are introduced with an essay by Iranian-born Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Islamic studies, George Washington U.) Most of the photographs illustrate aspects or stages of the Hajj, or pilgrimage that all Moslems are expected to make once during their lifetime. Earlier drawings and photographs, Nomachi's photographs of nearby sites in Arabia, and a glossary without pronunciation are included. No index. The volume is 11 inches square. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804843829
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Edition description:
Hardcover with Jacket
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,033,661
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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Huston Smith
Never before have Mecca and Medina -- the poles between which the spiritual current of Islam has oscillated for 14 centuries with world-reverberating power -- been celebrated with such visual majesty and descriptive depth.
— Author of The World's Religions

Meet the Author

Photographer Ali Kazuyoshi Nomachi is known for his exhaustive research and field work covering the Arabian peninsula. His photographs have been featured in Life, National Geographic, and Stern, among other leading magazines. Nomachi is the recipient of many awards, including the Annual Award 1997 from the Photographic Society of Japan.

Author Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, born in Iran, was educated at MIT and Harvard University, and is now Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University. He has taught and lectured extensively throughout the Islamic world, Western Europe, North and Central America, India, Japan, and Australia. Dr. Nasr is the author of more than twenty books, including Islamic Art and Spirituality, Islamic Life and Thought, and Traditional Islam in the Modern World.

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