'Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radian' Offers Glimpse Into Islam's Sacred Cities
Despite Islam's worldwide popularity, staking claim to one quarter of the world's population, many aspects of Muslim thought and belief remain an enigma to non-Muslims-until now. "Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant" offers readers 140 stunning photographs taken by the award winning photographer, Ali Kazuyoshi Nomachi, with the permission of the Saudi Arabian Authorities. The first book of its kind, "Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant" offers a groundbreaking glimpse into these sacred Muslim cities, with insightful narration from Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, one of the world's foremost scholars of Islamic, Religious and Comparative Studies in the world today.
Author Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, has published over fifty books including Islamic Art and Spirituality, Islamic Life and Thought, and Traditional Islam in the Modern World, and five hundred articles which have been translated into several major Islamic, European and Asian languages. Now a luminary in the academic world and professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, Professor Nasr began his career as the first Iranian to be admitted to MIT; he later graduated from Harvard University with a PhD. at the age of 25.
Photographer Ali Kazuyoshi Nomachi is known for his exhaustive research and field work covering the Arabian Peninsula. His photographs have been featured in Life, National Geographic, and Stern, among other leading magazines. Nomachi is the recipient of many awards, including the Annual Award 1997 from the Photographic Society of Japan.
Never-Before-Seen Imagery From Islam's Sacred Cities
While the cities of Mecca and Medina are restricted to Muslims, and photographing the sites requires special-and rarely given-permission from the Saudi Arabian authorities, Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant is an unprecedented exploration of Islam's most holy cities and the great pilgrimage, mostly presented in full-color, never-before-seen photographs.