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Qur'anic Geography in PDF format.
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A survey and evaluation of the geographical references in the
Qur'an with suggested solutions for various problems and issues.
This reference book examines the various geographical references
made in the Qur'an. It looks extensively at "the people
of 'Ad," the people of Thamud," the Midianites, Medina
and Mecca. This is the is the book that first suggested that
the Holy City of Islam is really Petra in Jordan rather than
Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Highly interesting! Both from the method as well as from
the presentation with the many illustrations. It is a refreshing
approach which is worth being commented in detail. Dr. Gerd-R.
Puin, Germany, author of The hidden origins of Islam : new research
into its early history
This remarkable work investigates in great detail the history
and evolution of many of the tribes and cultures of Arabia and
adjacent lands and their contact and trade with regions as distant
as China. Gibson presents new, but well-researched, theories
on many historical events which still affect our world today.
These range from the development of navigation, overland and
maritime trade routes and, perhaps, most controversially, his
convincingly argued proposal that Petra was the original Holy
City of Islam which was later shifted to Mecca. John E. Hill,
author of Through the Jade Gate to Rome: A Study of the Silk
Routes during the Later Han Dynasty, 1st to 2nd Centuries CE,
Cooktown, Queensland, Australia
His work is well researched, drawing evidence from a broad
field of scholarship, particularly Islamic, including early primary
sources - listed bibliographically in a separate appendix. Carefully
laying the groundwork, he develops his arguments, augmented by
a welcome complement of photographs, illustrations, drawings,
charts, tables, and chronologies. Further, Gibson employs a profusion
of maps- satellite and cartographic. These all, wonderfully illustrated,
are so numerous that they could well merit their own index for
the avid researcher. (In fact, a glossary would also be helpful
for non-Arabic speakers.) Detailed appendices provide an annotated
timeline of Islam, particularly its first 500 years, plus extensive
citations of textual variants in early Quranic manuscripts.
Ronald P. Hood, PhD, Wesleyan University, Marion Indiana.