Amikam Elad, Ph.D. (1987) in Medieval Islamic History, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is a senior lecturer at the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University. He has published extensively on a vast range of topics relating to early Islamic history, in particular the early 'Abbasid period and on the history of Palestine during the medieval Islamic period.
'This study of medieval Islamic travelogues and traditions in praise of Jerusalem contains important material for students of the intellectual and cultural background to Middle Eastern affairs...' S. Ward, Choice, 1995. 'This work is a thorough overview of the development of Jerusalem as a place of Muslim pilgrimage, divided into four main sections...a useful reference work, worth considering for classes dealing with pilgrimage or the notion of sacred space.' Brannon M. Wheeler, Religious Studies Review, 1996.