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Ian Straughn

Islamic Archaeology

Archaeology and Religion

Islamic Landscapes

Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology



Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
Brown University
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: (401) 863-3188
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Akram: The Kaaba is a large cube shaped building located in Majid Al-Haram in Mecca. In pre-Islam society, the building housed the idols of the people of Arabia who paid for that service, allowing the citizens of Mecca to prosper. The Kaaba now serves as the holiest site in Islam, and is the focal point around which the Hajj is undertaken. Because so many Muslims travel to this site at any given time, many ideas are shared and are spread throughout the world when the pilgrims return to their respective lands.

Posted at Apr 30/2007 11:45AM:
ian: ka'ba entry from last semester