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Mecca: spiritual sanctum and terrestrial realities

MECCA - THE SACRED CITY Ziauddin Sardar Bloomsbury, New Delhi, 2014 408 pages; Rs 599 Muslim history is diverse and complex, and so are the attempts of modern-day Muslims to cope with contemporary challenges. Mecca's history, though interesting and even important, is not the key that Muslims are seeking Ziauddin Sardar begins his narrative with reflections on the character of the city of Mecca as a metaphysical entity and as the centre of the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. Though sensitive to the spiritual allure of the city, he pays greater attention to the terrestrial Mecca where, ...