ISBN 1 874041 53 9
The great expanse of desert that separates Makkah from Madinah and characterizes the whole Arabian Peninsula conjures up a vision of hardship and suffering. But like the Fremen of Dune, the amazing feat of science fiction created by Frank Herbert, the people of Arabia are in wonderful attune with their arid environment. The great architecture, which Mohamed Amin illustrates in such compelling detail here, in The Beauty of Makkah and Madinah is Muslim in its ethos.
And, of all the edifices, the mosques dwarf everything in their ambitious conception, their grace and power, and the religious devotion, which they inspire. There is perhaps no human scene more spectacular than Makkah & Madinah during the annual Pilgrimage, the Hajj. The plain of Arafat near Makkah is converted into a tented city containing an unbelievable three million devotees from all over the world, after which this greatest gathering of brotherhood and friendship heads north to Madinah to complete its pilgrimage