About the book
Jerusalem is significant in Islam and to Muslims, as it is to the other two monotheistic faith traditions of Judaism and Christianity and their followers. What Jerusalem Means to Us: Muslim Perspectives and Reflections argues for the need to highlight the intimate and unique connections between Islam and Jerusalem along different dimensions – religious, theological, cultural, historical, architectural, artistic, poetic, political, psychological, and social. These dimensions will be best expressed through the perspectives and reflections of Muslims, representing different cultural, ethnic, and national backgrounds – Muslims whose native city is Jerusalem, or who have experienced Jerusalem while visiting or residing there temporarily, or who have thought about Jerusalem from afar.
What Jerusalem Means to Us: Muslim Perspectives and Reflections is a special collection of 23 heartfelt essays by Palestinian Muslims and other Muslims of various cultural, ethnic, and national backgrounds sharing their intimate experiences in and reflections on the Holy City. What comes alive is in What Jerusalem Means to Us is that the Holy City belongs to humanity in general – to all those who seek, strive for, and pursue a higher calling in its hallowed ground; and it should remain as such for eternity. Muslims of all backgrounds, and others, are urged to advocate for preserving Jerusalem’s Status Quo and for maintaining it as the inclusive center of faith.