Al-Zaytouna Centre for Studies and Consultations has issued the updated Arabic edition of its book: The Road to Jerusalem, by Prof. Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh, with additions and amendments. It is a historical study that reviews the Islamic experience in the land of Palestine from the times of the prophets until the twenty-first century (until the end of 2022). (English version will be published soon)
The 325-page book studies the history of Palestine before Islam and the experience of the prophets there. It studies the Islamic conquest of Palestine and how it was also liberated from the Crusaders and Tatars. It explores its modern and contemporary history since the end of the Ottoman State, and sheds light on the role of the Islamic movement in uprisings, revolutions and resistance action against the British occupation and the Zionist entity, including the roles of Haj Amin al-Husaini, al-Qassam Group “Al-Jihadiyyah,” the Muslim Brothers Movement, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine. At the end, the author provides insights about the historical Islamic experience in Palestine, based on the understanding of Muslims of this sacred issue, and in accordance with their cultural heritage and identity. An aspect that many researches and books related to the Palestine issue lack.
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– Title: Al-Tariq ila al-Quds: Dirasah Tarikhiyyah fi Rasid al-Tajrubah al-Islamiyyah ‘ala Ard Filastin Mundhu ‘Usur al-Anbiya’ wa Hatta al-Qarn al-Hadi wa al-‘Ishrin (The Road to Jerusalem: A Historical Study of the Islamic Experience in the Land of Palestine, From the Time of the Prophets to the Twenty First Century).
– Author: Prof. Dr. Mohsen Mohammad Saleh
– Published in: 2023 (Revised and Updated Version 2023)
– Paperback: 325 pages.
– Price: $8.
– ISBN: 978-614-494-036-5
The author believes that the historical experience has proved that the liberation of Palestine is linked to Islam, from the age of Futuh to the Crusades and the confrontation of the Tatars and until our contemporary times. The various ideologies that have dominated the Arab and Palestinian public discourse and politics in our modern history, whether leftist, nationalist, or region-oriented, have failed to lead a real liberation project. Although the Islamic trend was fiercely fought in the region and deprived of the means of revival and empowerment, especially in the strategic surrounding area of Palestine, Islam has remained the main motivator of revolutions, resistance action and the uprisings of the Palestinian people over the past hundred years. For more than two decades, the Palestinian Islamic resistance has represented the backbone of the armed resistance forces in Palestine.
The battle for the liberation of Palestine is a continuous one that does not stop until the complete liberation of the land and the defeat of the Zionist project. It is a battle that many generations will bear, generation after generation until victory and liberation. Defeats, setbacks, frustrations, betrayals from near and far and corruption of regimes and their rulers should not be reasons for giving up any part of the blessed land. Rather, it should constitute a motive for the faithful to conduct revisions, draw lessons, redouble efforts and creativity and fulfil the conditions of success.
Due to the desire of many readers to learn about the entire history of Palestine and its issue from an Islamic point of view, this book was written. It is a scientifically documented academic book, full of information, easy to read, while trying to draw lessons from this history. The book calls on the Ummah to insist on its right, while stressing that the Zionist project is aggressive and expansionist, and a settler-colonial project of population replacement. It is not only hostile to the Palestinian people but also to the whole Ummah, especially the Arab-Muslim environment surrounding it. This is one of the stages of Palestine’s history that will end, as did the aggression and occupations that preceded it, however, this will happen when the Ummah comes to its senses and gathers strength, regains unity and starts its revival.
This book is a specialized and indispensable historical reference for all researchers, students, and those concerned with the study of the history of Palestine and the role of the Islamic movement there.
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