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Ian D. Morris
Manfred Sing has published an article on the construction of space in Early Islam and revisionist scholarship. Along the way he engages with my article on "Mecca and Macoraba". It's so gratifying when other people use your work to build new arguments.
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Ian D. Morris Aug 18
Replying to @iandavidmorris
I know it's a bit self-centred of me to draw attention to this, but it's the first time my peer-reviewed work has made such an impression one someone else's, and I am dead excited about it.
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Taha Meli Arvas Aug 18
Replying to @iandavidmorris
The Israelis just found a mosque dating back to the 7th century that points in the direction of Mecca, not north-north east as historical revisionists would have us believe. Haven’t heard a plausible explanation for how this is possible, have you?
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Ian D. Morris Aug 18
Replying to @TahaMArvas
Cool, thanks. I hadn’t heard about this. They don’t seem to have published yet (beyond that press release), but I’ll keep a look out. My own opinion – informed mainly by David King – is that early qiblahs are highly imprecise, so it’s hard to conclude anything from them *alone*.
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🐕Woozle&Taffy🐕 Aug 18
Replying to @iandavidmorris
Very chuffed for you! That is a fine article to read on this rainy afternoon 😀
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Dean C ن Aug 18
Replying to @iandavidmorris
Well, reading this is going to consume my day when I should be doing other stuff...
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Dean C ن Aug 18
Replying to @iandavidmorris
Will have comments later today or tomorrow. I am going to resist the temptation to say anything without reading it, though I realize that is very un-Twitter of me
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Dean C ن Aug 18
Replying to @iandavidmorris
I think he misses a point which is that the religious diversity of Arabia/Mecca/Medina is itself a mythology created later. If Mecca is the small town that Sing claims it to be (and I agree with him on that!), then that’s why the Bible is everywhere/nowhere in the Quran
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Dean C ن Aug 18
Replying to @iandavidmorris
For some reason I have been seeing more claims made for an “alternate” location for Mecca. But if that were true— eg, if the “real” Mecca were in Petra— then there’d be more contact with Christianity and more understanding about Christianity in the Quran.
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