“With the flight of the Messenger and his Installation in Medina, the concept of Hijrah underwent a major shift. From being a praiseworthy alternative to enduring persecution, the emigration became a touchstone of conversion to Islam.”
This coffee-table book, packed with stunning visuals, captures a major exhibition at
that is the first ever to document the details of the Prophet Muhammad's historic eight-day, 450-kilometer migration in 622 CE
, along Arabia's Red Sea coast. The work begins a with a contribution by Abdullah Alkadi, the world's leading authority on the Hijrah, who describes his own trips along the Hijrah route and other travel paths of the Prophet. Dazzling color illustrations take us along these journeys. Other chapters help retell the Hijrah story through literature and geography, surveying a wealth of Qur'anic and Hadith sources and exploring the many interpretations of the Prophet Muhammad's migration. Among the book's illustrations are both historic and contemporary works of art, including Qur'ans, textiles, calligraphy and multimedia works, all of which echo the spirit and reality of the Hijrah.
-ROBERT W. LEBLING