Najaf : the gate of wisdom : history, heritage & significance of the holy city of the Shi'a / Yasser Tabbaa & Sabrina Mervin ; photographs by Erick Bonnier
- Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 The topography and history of Najaf -- Topography -- The history of Najaf, ancient to modern -- ch. 2 Najaf as a city: its urban plan, urban form and demography -- Population and demographic change -- The Grand Bazaar (al-Suq al-Kabir) -- Vernacular architecture: destruction and a question of preservation -- ch. 3 Religious architecture in Najaf and Kufa -- The shrine: structural chronology -- An image of the shrine today -- The religious monuments in Kufa -- The patronage and overall significance of Shi'i religious sites -- ch. 4 The gate of knowledge -- A journey of initiation -- Modern challenges to the hawza -- ch. 5 Pilgrimage to Najaf and Shi'i rituals -- ch. 6 The last journey: burial and visitation at Wadi al-Salam.
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- Includes bibliographical references.
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