Blog posts tagged with 'mecca'

Mecca: The Sacred City
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.
Kindly contributed by Ziauddin Sardar, author of Mecca, The Sacred City. Born in Pakistan and raised in London, Sardar revered Mecca as a child and kept the city as a moral and geographical compass point throughout his life. Sardar made several pilgrimages or "Hajj" as an adult -- including one on foot with a sex-crazed donkey at his side -- and conducted extensive research on the site. His book is a unique mixture of history and reportage made accessible by stories of his own ever-changing relationship to the pilgrimage site that draws some three million Muslims each year.