Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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, the most common Arabic name for Jerusalem.

A. History

1. The Islamic history of Jerusalem clearly falls into three periods. During the first six hundred years, the possession of the city was contested between Islam and Christianity and between many Islamic princes and factions. After the bloodless and poorly-recorded delivery of the town into the hands of an inconspicuous tribal commander, the history of the period was solemnly inaugurated by the erection of the marvellous Dome of the Rock, the majestic testimony to the Islamic presence i…

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Goitein, S.D. and Grabar, O., “al-Ḳuds”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0535>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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