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In the Footsteps of the Prophet

A unique retelling of the famous Hijrah story through the landscape and previously unseen artifacts from collections around Saudi Arabia.
For fourteen hundred years the story of the Prophet Muhammad’s movements during the famous Hijrah “migration,” from Makkah to the oasis town that would become Madinat an-Nabi, has been told and retold by generations of Muslims throughout the world. This story, one of endurance overcoming adversity in pursuit of the religious freedom to establish a nation united by bonds of brotherhood and faith, has continued to be an inspiration from which renewed meanings have been drawn. This book sets out to follow the Hijrah, situating it within the geography over which it unfolded. The book uses the sacred landscape of the Hijrah as a receptacle for the stories, memories, and events that took place along the route, providing tangible links between us and this momentous journey.

240 pages | 167 color plates | 9 1/2 x 11 3/4

Art: Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Art

History: Middle Eastern History

Religion: Islam

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"Hijrah: In the Footsteps of the Prophet is built on the exhaustive research and fieldwork of Abdullah Hussein Alkadi, one of the world’s leading authorities on the Hijrah. Alkadi has spent decades studying and travelling the exact route the prophet and his companions took across the desert, as well as exploring the wider story, life and legacy of this journey."

The Art Newspaper

“Like the exhibition the book accompanies, Hijrah: In the Footsteps of the Prophet sets out to rectify a 1400-year-old lacuna in our knowledge of a world-changing event, of which details have remained tantalizingly out of reach. Kaleidoscopic, learned and exquisitely illustrated, the book represents a major step in rectifying this imbalance while shedding new light on an event that continues to be of inspiration and relevance, regardless of one’s background or faith.”

The National

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