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JERUSALEM. One of Islam's three holiest cities, Jerusalem was originally an old Canaanite settlement where David, king of Israel, built his capital and his son Solomon, the Temple. Generally called simply "the Holy" (al-Quds) by the Muslims, Jerusalem is not mentioned by name in the Qur'an, but the Muslim tradition unanimously sees a reference to it in the allusion in surah 17.1 where Muhammad was borne by night from Mecca to "the distant shrine" (al-masjid al-aqsa). Muslim armies took Jerusalem ...more

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