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Najaf, The Gate of Wisdom. History, Heritage and Significance of the Holy City of the Shi‘a

Abstract : The resting place of Imam 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib - considered by Shi'i Islam the rightful successor to the Prophet Muhammad Najaf is endowed with a unique spiritual significance for millions of Muslims. This book traces the city's history to the present day by surveying its urban form and major religious monuments, and offering vivid portraits of its people. It also provides insight into Shi'i rituals from pilgrimages to passion plays and funerals in the cemetery of Wadi al-Salam, and explains Najaf's role as a centre of learning and religious authority.
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Sabrina Mervin, Yasser Tabbaa, Erick Bonnier (photographs). Najaf, The Gate of Wisdom. History, Heritage and Significance of the Holy City of the Shi‘a. Unesco Publishing, 2014, World Heritage, 978-92-3-100028-7. ⟨halshs-01865738⟩

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