Arabic and Muslim Historiography

  • Andrew Petersen
Part of the Heritage Studies in the Muslim World book series (HSMW)


This chapter is concerned with the origins and development of Muslim traditions relating to shrines and saints. The role of Palestine as the Holy Land is also discussed, as well as the significance of Jerusalem within the Islamic tradition. The final part of the chapter reviews the work and contribution of seven Muslim writers who provide descriptions of Muslim shrines in the region. The authors are discussed in chronological order from Nasir i-Khusraw in the eleventh century to Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi in the seventeenth century.


Historiography Sufism Sacred geography Jerusalem 


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  • Andrew Petersen
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  1. 1.University of Wales Trinity Saint DavidCeredigionUK

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