Book of the Holy City

The research centre for islamic history, art and culture (ircica) is keeping the cultural values of our part of the world on the agenda through its quality publications.

The centre’s new book, ‘ Al-Quds (Jerusalem) in Historical Photographs’, is being hailed as the most comprehensive work on the subject up to now. Based on the Albums of Sultan Abdulhamid II in the IRCICA Photography Archive, the book features photographs of the city of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), which is regarded as holy by all the world’s celestial religions.

Published separately in Turkish, Arabic and English, it is an important cornerstone laid in the name of preserving the city’s multicultural architectural and cultural heritage and publicizing it internationally. This work, which is enriched by Kerim Balcı’s explanatory texts, takes readers on a journey into the history of Al-Quds, in particular a journey of longing for the periods of peace and development in that history.

Why Al-Quds
IRCICA Director General Dr. Halit Eren, who compiled and wrote the preface for the book, draws attention to the importance of Al-Quds internationally and to its status as a holy city in all three of the celestial religions.