By Harry Munt

this is often the 1st book-length examine of the emergence of Medina, in sleek Saudi Arabia, as a largely honored sacred area and holy urban over the process the 1st 3 Islamic centuries (the 7th to 9th centuries CE). This was once a dynamic interval that witnessed the evolution of many Islamic political, spiritual and felony doctrines, and the e-book situates Medina's rising sanctity in the applicable ancient contexts. The publication makes a speciality of the jobs performed by means of the Prophet Muhammad, by way of the Umayyad and early Abbasid caliphs and by means of Muslim criminal students. It exhibits that Medina's emergence as a holy urban, along Mecca and Jerusalem, in addition to the advance of the various doctrines linked to its sanctity, was once the results of sluggish and contested strategies and was once in detail associated with vital modern advancements about the legitimation of political, spiritual and criminal authority within the Islamic world.

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