By Philip K. Hitti
Professor Hitti, the celebrated authority at the Islamic global, perspectives the highlights of Arab background during the home windows of the capital towns the place these occasions happened. The account makes a speciality of six towns -- Mecca, the spiritual capital; Medina, the caliphal capital; Damascus, the imperial capital; Baghdad, the highbrow capital; Cairo, the dissident capital; and Cordova, the eu capital. The technique is ancient instead of geographical, and the publication is addressed to the coed and the classy layman instead of the expert. travelers to the center East and Spain will also locate the ebook specially attention-grabbing. the writer describes the actual settings of the towns, the first occupations of the folks, and the numerous enormous buildings. He discusses such sleek heritage of a urban as is suitable to the tale, however the emphasis is at the interval of Arab ascendancy -- approximately, the 7th to the 13th century. as well as Arabic assets, he fees Europeans' descriptions the place applicable (such descriptions are infrequent simply because Europeans weren't allowed in such towns as Mecca and Medina). As he makes transparent, the six towns have been greater than capitals; they left their indelible imprint not just at the next heritage of the Arabs and different Moslems yet at the improvement of civilization at huge.
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In mid-July 1814 he entered Jiddah disguised as a beggar in rags. His name was Shaykh Ibrahim ibn-'Abdullah. The following three months he spent in the area, visiting Mecca twice and carrying on researches that gave the minutest details about all ceremonies connected with the pilgrimage. His description of the Mosque remains a classic. To him the city looked like a handsome, albeit decadent town, 3,500 paces in length, with unpaved but broad streets to facilitate pilgrim movements. It is the only place in the world where the believer can turn during his prayers to any point of the compass.
The following three months he spent in the area, visiting Mecca twice and carrying on researches that gave the minutest details about all ceremonies connected with the pilgrimage. His description of the Mosque remains a classic. To him the city looked like a handsome, albeit decadent town, 3,500 paces in length, with unpaved but broad streets to facilitate pilgrim movements. It is the only place in the world where the believer can turn during his prayers to any point of the compass. The houses were lofty, each with a terrace for the harem.
Equally illegitimate to the 'Alids was the 'Abbasid caliphate in Baghdad. The decline 23 MECCA of the 'Abbasids, however, beginning in the mid-ninth century, threw the outlying parts of the domain into an anarchy and encouraged dissident uprisings. A subversive heterodoxy named Qarmati (after its founder Qarmat, fl. 890, an Iraqi peasant) established a state in the Persian Gulf area and carried ruthless raids into neighboring lands. It did not spare pilgrims to the Holy Cities. Its atrocities culminated in 930, when 1,500 followers pillaged Mecca and carried off the Black Stone, an unheard-of act of heresy.