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Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, has contributed an essay explaining the history and significance of the two cities. "Mecca and its twin city Medina flourish as the heart and sacred Center of the Islamic universe and will continue to do so as long as there are men and women who accept the truth of Lailaha illa'Llah and Muhammadun rasul Allah," he writes.
Nomachi has worked for National Geographic and Life, and his pictures have the information-packed clarity one might expect. There are fascinating images: literally hundreds of thousands of white-robed believers circling the Ka'bah, Mecca's sacred center; men ritually shaving one another's heads; tired families fasting; small children praying. Nomachi's pictures are oddly cool, but they convey the all-encompassing nature of the faith. Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant will be especially thrilling to those Muslims still planning their pilgrimage. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Printed on heavy stock gloss (as any photography book should be anyway) this book shows beautiful and inspiring views of the holiest cities of Islam. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rafael
A wondrous account of a remarkable journey, Mecca the Blessed Medina the Radiant, joins its readers with millions who have traveled to the sacred spaces of West Asia. Read morePublished 7 months ago by d wei
This is the most beautiful book, full of history and gorgeous pictures from both the holy cities. It will bring Makkah and Madinah to life. Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by Tinaa
A beautiful picture book of the two most beautiful cities in this world. This book makes a great gift.Published on September 14, 2008 by D. Atiyat
This book provides really great insight into these cities and their history, very informative and the pictures are really great.Published on April 20, 2008 by Azhar Khan
Very nicely done book about Islam, with beautiful pictures.
Anyone wants know about islam must have this book.
Several readers have reviewed MECCA THE BLESSED, MEDINA THE RADIANT based on their negative political views of Saudi Arabia as well as the religious prohibition preventing... Read morePublished on November 30, 2005 by Dash Manchette
I have to say that I found this book to be very enlightning. It is truely a work of art for pictures to convey the emotions and suspenseful situation that the pilgrames who are... Read morePublished on September 29, 2005 by Ali Siddiqui
As many are aware of, Professor Nasr is one of the foremost intellectuals of our time. The information presented is unique in that it is coupled with wonderful pictorials of the... Read morePublished on July 15, 2005 by Z. Stowell