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al-Ḥaram al-S̲h̲arīf
(1,546 words)

“the Noble Sanctuary”, after Mecca and Medina the acknowledged third holiest Muslim sanctuary, is located in the south-eastern part of the present Old (i.e., walled) City of Jerusalem. An understanding of the history and significance of the Ḥaram has been complicated by two factors: first, the contrast between an extreme paucity of early sources (written or archaeological) and a systematized explanation of the Ḥaram’s significance in the faḍāʾil or holy guidebooks of the late Mamlūk period; and, second, the lack of any complete archaeological survey of the are…

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Grabar, O., “al-Ḥaram al-S̲h̲arīf”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2712>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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