Medieval Jerusalem and Islamic Worship: Holy Places, by Amikam Elad

By Amikam Elad

This article covers the holy websites of the Muslims in Jerusalem and the cermonies and pilgrimages to those locations through the early Muslim interval. it's principally in accordance with fundamental Arabic resources. Emphasis is given to the works of "Literature in compliment of Jerusalem", an incredible resource for the historical past and topography of the town. The textual content includes a exact description of the 1st recognized consultant for the Muslim pilgrim to Jerusalem, that dates from the eleventh century, and a supplementary dialogue of the 16th-century consultant. either publications are nonetheless in manuscript and feature by no means been released.

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Criticism of the early Arabic sources is still in its beginning stages. Very little has been written concerning the value of these sources for the reconstruction of the fundamental historical processes of early Islam. Noteworthy in \hiS respect are the studies of A. Noth, especially regarding the historiographical problems of the Islamic conquests, emphasizing the tapos phenomenon. 21 The period under discussion here is a later one, mainly the Umayyad and early 'Abbasid periods ([640] 66O-

1443. CONSTRUCTION WORKS ON THE J:lARAM 27 4. Sulayman b. 'Abd ai-Malik (Reigned 961715-991717) Sulayman b. 'Abd ai-Malik also served as Governor of Jund FHastin during the reigns of his father and brother. al-Walid. 24 According to one tradition. we learn that when Sulayman was appointed Caliph he wished to establish his place of residence in Jeru salem and to live there. It was indeed to Jerusalem that delegations of the tribes and honourables arrived to swear loyalty to the caliph. 26 But in light of what we know of Sulayman's attitude towards Jeru salem (see below) and especially of the establishment of Ramla, it seems more likely to accept another tradition (from al-Waqidi) from which it may be understood that SUlayman resided in Jerusalem just for the purpose of sending troops to conquer ConstantinopoleY Jerusalem was at this time the central and most important city in the Palestine district.

Despite all the reservations and caution required in dealing with the Arabic sources, they constitute a wealth that few civilizations have produced. The nonArabic sources, as noted, are scant, short, and often of a strong, clearly tendentious character, no less (and sometimes even more) so than the Muslim sources. However, some of the non-Arabic sources, especially the Syriac ones, are of importance to the study Nihavand. Eine quellenkrltische Studie zur frUhislamlschen Historiographie" Zeitschrift der Deutschen MorgenJiindischen Gesellschaft.

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