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""One particularly venerable tradition had seen pagans climb pillars—styloi—and stay there for a week at a time 'Communing with the gods on high.'" —p. 217

There's one of these pillars an hour away from my house in Jordan at Umm ar-Rasas. I visited it last year and had no idea what this ugly old pillar was doing in the middle of an empty field. Now I'm TOTALLY gonna go back there!"
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Alan is on page 420 of 574 of In the Shadow of the Sword: "One particularly venerable tradition had seen pagans climb pillars—styloi—and stay there for a week at a time 'Communing with the gods on high.'" —p. 217

There's one of these pillars an hour away from my house in Jordan at Umm ar-Rasas. I visited it last year and had no idea what this ugly old pillar was doing in the middle of an empty field. Now I'm TOTALLY gonna go back there!
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Alan is on page 402 of 574 of In the Shadow of the Sword: "[...] there is precious little evidence that Mu'awiya paid much attention to the Prophet at all. Nowhere in his inscriptions, nor on his coins, nor on any of the documents preserved from his reign, is there so much as a single mention of Muhammad." ―p. 401

Mu'awiyah was governor of Syria and the first caliph of the Umayyad caliphate in 661 CE. Why does he completely ignore Muhammad, the supposed "prophet" of Islam?
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