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Atlas of the Quran – Places, Nations and Landmarks (English)

by Dr. Shawqi Abu Khalil

The Noble Qur’an is the last Divine Book which has been revealed by Allah for the guidance of mankind up to the Day of Resurrection. One of the bright sides of this Book is that it is read and recited much more than any other book of the world. In a real sense this very Book has encircled into it the evershining pearls of all the visible and invisible knowledge and the wisdom, the world needs for survival and eternal success. Hence the reading of the Qur’an, understanding of its meanings and interpretations is important and obligatory on all the followers of Islam.

For the interpretation and explanation of the religious books, the ancient and modem orientalists have done a notable work, and whatever work they did, it is of course a landmark for other research scholars. The habitations and personalities mentioned in Torah, or the land marks, places and personalities mentioned in four books of New Testament are available (in a beautiful manner) in more than a dozen geographical books with maps, known as atlas. But in various chapters of the Qur’an, the descriptions replete with the events of the Hijaz, Arab nations, places, personalities, oceans, rivers, gulfs, lakes, mountains, forests, caves, cities etc., are available and hundreds of the writers, scholars and authors have also gone through their details, and many of the research books have also been compiled on these topics, but on the other hand, all this fruitful information has yet not been presented in the form of a book (atlas) consisting of maps, photographs and tables. These concerned contents or literary campositions containing the Qur’anic maps and tables were not before me so that a reciter of the Qur’an may think of the details of the indications found in the Qur’an while reciting it.

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