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The city (q.v.) in the Arabian peninsula that was the birthplace of Muḥammad, which, due to the presence of the Kaʿba (q.v.) therein, is revered as one of the “holy cities” in Islamic culture. A description of Mecca based strictly upon the Qurʾān could lead to the radical revision of a large number of stories from classical Arabic sources, which are most often of a mythical or legendary kind (see geography; history and the qurʾān). It can be argued that the historiographical elements provided by these sources with respect to Mecca, a city of great religious and political importance,…

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Chabbi, J., “Mecca”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 06 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00275>

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