The Rock: A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem
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The Rock: A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Whose rock is enshrined inside the golden Dome of Jerusalem? The rock of Moses or of Muhammad? Kanan Makiya gathers together the stories, legends, and beliefs that define the Rock—the place where Adam landed in his fall from Paradise and where Abraham attempted to sacrifice his first-born; where Solomon’s Temple stood and where Jesus preached; the rock from which Muhammad...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published December 8th 2010 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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Nov 16, 2008 Larry rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: all readers of good will
A fascinating piece of fiction by a young Iraqi idealist who became a part of the ex-patriate community upon whom Cheney and Rumsfeld placed irresponsible reliance in the run up to the war. The story revolves around a follower of the Prophet who led the forces that captured Jerusalum from the Christian forces in the seventh century. It gives many illuminating views into the histories of both Islam and Christianity. The author has evident intellectual gifts and could be a voice in bridging the po...more
Extremely well researched book about the history of the Dome of the Rock, written in historical fiction format. However, it is not an easy read mainly due to the writing style.
This book is not so much a typical historical novel as it is a lyrical meditation on what makes a place sacred and the common ground (literally) of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, from the perspective of the latter. The story is about the 7th century conquest of Jerusalem by the early Muslim Arabs and the subsequent construction of the Dome of the Rock. The spiritual center of the book is the Rock of Foundation at the summit of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. According to tradition this is the...more
One of the most difficult books I have read recently and nearly impossible for me to review. The story is told by the Ishaq son of Ka'b a Jewish scholar in the 7th century. I think the author does a remarkable job of trying to keep the 7th c voice but still readable in the 21st century. The Jewish scholar knew the prophet Mohammed and although remaining Jewish, became a follower and Believer. He also became the confidant of the next several leaders of the faith and moves to Jerusalem with the Be...more
Sarah Clark
Set in Jerusalem, this tale covers the momentous time from the death of the Prophet Muhammad to the rapid spread of Islam. Told through the eyes of Ishaq, son of a learned Yemeni Jew, this story traces the events that led to the building of Islam’s first monument, the Dome of the Rock, at a holy site for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.

Appeals: Very scholarly account well grounded in both history and lore from multiple religions’ points of view. Good choice for someone with a solid understand...more
Historical fiction of a time we know only through oral tradition and legend - faux fiction? Faux History? The underpinnings of the hatred surrounding The Rock.
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is an Iraqi academic, who gained British nationality in 1982. He is the Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University. Although he was born in Baghdad, he left Iraq to study architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, later founding Makiya Associates in order to design and build projects in the Middle East. As a former exile, he was a pr...more
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