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Rival Claims: Christians, Muslims, And The Jerusalem Holy Places

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Jerusalem, one hardly reminds, is a holy city. If one can identify a holy place by external signs like its architectural enshrinement, and can even discern the causes that create holiness in a place, the measurement of the quality or intensity of the holiness that is thought to reside there is a more difficult project. The importance of the liturgy is equally clear in the primary Christian and Muslim instances of holy place pilgrimage. If Christian Jerusalem liturgies were different from Temple liturgies, Christian Palestine and Christian Jerusalem stand in sharp contrast to their Jewish prototypes as holy places. One visitor to Jerusalem was al-Ghazali, the celebrated 12th century Baghdad lawyer-philosopher who is also Islam's most eminent pilgrimage theologian. The Dome of the Rock that sits atop the Haram al-Sharif is one of the great mysteries of Islam.

Keywords: al-Ghazali; Christians; Jerusalem; Muslims; temple liturgies



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