Nation: Struggle for the Sacred Mosque

Struggle for the Scared Mosque

Eight days in Mecca that shook the Muslim world

Mohammed al-Quraishi's eyes burned with ambition. He was 26 and for six months he had studied theology in Mecca; he said that the Islamic revolt in Iran heralded a new dawn. Two weeks ago, he and his followers seized the Sacred Mosque in Mecca. It is Islam's holiest of holy places, since it contains the Kaba, a cube-shaped structure that is believed to have been built by Abraham in God's honor. Last week the siege was lifted after eight days of fighting; but the assault had shaken the Islamic...

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