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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?

Full color, 308 pages,
Independent Scholars Press
ISBN: 978-1-927581-22-3

New archeological evidence clearly demonstrates that early Islamic mosques were not erroneously oriented as previously thought. Using modern technology and satellite imaging, Canadian historian Dan Gibson has discovered that early Islamic mosques were oriented to four different places. And they are not where Islam expects them to be.

For the first time in history Dan Gibson has undertaken a comprehensive survey of Islamic mosques from the first two centuries of Islam. Using this data, Gibson demonstrates that Muhammad and the first four caliphs all prayed towards a different place! This location was also the focus of their pilgrimage. Gibson believes that Muslims are disobeying their prophet by focusing their prayers on a Black Stone in Saudi Arabia, when the Qur'an commands them to face the original location.

This book contains all of the data behind the documentary film The Sacred City. Viewers of this film can now check the background data for themselves and investigate further arguments that were not included in the film. Complete with hundreds of images, charts, maps and footnotes, this volume clearly challenges traditionally held Islamic history.

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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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