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Islam started in Mecca not Jerusalem. Islam like most cities stole the location from the Jews and claimed it as a holy city only during the Crusades.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: ChesterJohn
It doesn't change the fact that Jerusalem houses holy sites of Christendom.
Like this one?
That would be the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Or this one?
The Wailing Wall.
....and last but not least.
The Dome of the Rock.
Three major holy sites. All in Jerusalem. All beyond just merely important to three major religions.
Why do you think the Dome of the Rock is there?
At the same time, as an architectural monument, the building attests to the complexity of crosscultural, historical interactions that have shaped it. The Dome of the Rock is a perfect example of Islamic interaction with Byzantine artistic and architectural traditions. The overall form of the architectural dome follows the Byzantine model of churches and martyriums (structures designed to house relics); and the mosaics decorating its interior draw extensively on Byzantine mosaic techniques and aesthetics in their execution of vegetal motifs (while combining them with Sasanian iconographic elements). Thus, although the Quranic inscriptions adorning the Dome of the Rock promote the virtues of the Islamic faith over Christianity, the architectural and decorative programs are heavily indebted to the Byzantine Christian artistic tradition, which they recombine and reinterpret to create a triumphal message.
the Muslims used the original octagonal foundation from that Roman temple.
From the time of Hadrian to the reign of Constantine— a period of about one hundred and eighty years — the spot which had witnessed the resurrection was occupied by a figure of Jupiter; while on the rock where the cross had stood, a marble statue of Venus was set up by the heathen and became an object of worship. The original persecutors, indeed, supposed that by polluting our holy places they would deprive us of our faith in the passion and in the resurrection
originally posted by: seagull
Do you really see the Druze aligning with Bedouins, and local militia, who are in many cases, avidly hostile to them?
It'd be a good thing, I think... But memories are very long, and forgiveness for sins, real and imagined, hard to come by.
originally posted by: Liquesence
a reply to: MrSpad
Hey, I'm just going by what the article says.
But I hope you're right about there just being a few lone sympathizers distributing flyers rather than a "branch."
Of course, considering the source, "branch" could very well be subtle propaganda aimed at fear baiting. Who knows.
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
a reply to: JohnnyCanuck
Christians don't claim any earthly city as their holy city.