Mecca: The Sacred City -Monday, October 27, 2014
According to Ziauddin Sardar, every city is dominated by two aspects: first, a centralized, spiritual center that represents the sacred, and second, a historical reality – what is real, political, gritty and open to research. “Mecca is a city whose historical side is profoundly misunderstood,” the Londoner critic claims in his new book Mecca: The Sacred City. “A false consciousness of history has become the norm among Muslims,” he writes, citing nations that want to eradicate history that occurred before Muhammad. With that in mind, Sardar begins his own worthy quest: to piece together the whole story of Mecca.