The Search for Mecca

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Recent advances in archeology and technology have allowed historians to better examine the claims of ancient writings. Researcher Dan Gibson recently published some controversial theories in his book: Qur'anic Geography which challenged previously held opinions of the locations of the "People of 'Ad" mentioned in the Qur'an and also the location of the first Islamic Holy City. Gibson claimed this city was Petra located in southern Jordan and it was only during an early Islamic civil war that the Black Stone was moved south into Saudi Arabia to the present location of Mecca. Thus, Muslims today are not praying in the same direction that Muhammad and the first four caliphs prayed.

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Documentary Film based on Gibson's book: Qur'anic Geography
 

 

The Sacred City from Glasshouse Media on Vimeo.

 

Is the ancient city of Petra the original Holy City of Islam. Amazing new evidence points to Petra as being the place where Muhammad was born, and from where Islam first started.

This raised serious questions, such as: should Muslims be facing the original QIbla that Muhammad gave them or should they face the present city of Mecca?

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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. His careful use of Biblical and Islamic literature, historical and archaeological data, is wonderfully informed by some thirty years of study and travel in the Middle East. With his family, he lived some years among the Bedouin in the desert near Petra, where he got to know the people and the region intimately. This well-presented book is generously illustrated with excellent photos, maps, diagrams and tables, which are of great assistance to following and clarifying the text. .... 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

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