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Najaf : the gate of wisdom
Najaf : The Gate of Wisdom is an introduction to one of the world's most sacred cities, illustrated with over 120 photographs and written by authors with first-hand experience of the city. The resting place of Imam 'Ali ibn Abi Talib - considered by Shi'i Islam the rightful successor to the Prophet Muhammed - Najaf is endowed with a unique spiritual significance for millions of Muslims.
This book traces the city's history to the present day by surveying its urban form and major religious monuments, providing insight into Shi'i rituals, pilgrimages and funerals in the cemetery of Wadi al-Salam, and offering vivid portraits of its people.