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The story of Iram the Pillars, still hidden today by the desert sands. Many theories about its location, still unknown today.
Iram of the Pillars
As mentioned in the article about Lovecraft’s Nameless City, there are many stories within the Arab world about cities lost in the desert; one of these, however, seems to have much more foundation than the others, so much so that it is even included in the Quran. In surah 89, in fact, the Book speaks of some rebels and how they were then punished by the One God. In particular he mentions: the ‘Ad, the Thamud, the
If the latter have been more or less identified with some kingdoms in the north of present-day Saudi Arabia, there is still much debate regarding the ‘Ad and the mythical Iram of the Column. This is due to several factors, the first of which has not yet been found a city as rich as described in the Holy text, furthermore the legend links it to the desert, a place in itself of difficult penetration.
So many hypotheses
There are three main theories regarding the hypothetical location of this city: the first would see them near Damascus, the second near the Thamuds and the third near Yemen. The first connects the name of Iram to the region of Aram, a historical place also mentioned in the
The third theory, also supported by “The Thousand and One Nights“, tends to connect the ‘Ad to the city, also relying on what was the prophet of their tribe, namely Hud. According to the Quran, the latter would have tried to advise his compatriots to repent and redeem themselves, not accepting, they called to himself the wrath of Allah who will destroy them with a cloud, presumably of sand. It is thought in particular that it may be located in the south of the
Atlantis of the desert
The latter attracted most of the fantasies, being also reported in the Book of stories par excellence in the Islamic world, then also reaching Europe. The fact, then, even the
With the growth of his fame, there were many, starting from the 1900s, to follow him, many of them with excellent results, but not enough. In fact, many cities and archaeological sites have been found in the desert, for example Mada’in Saleh in Saudi Arabia, none of which, however, corresponds to the amazing Iram; a mystery still hidden in the sands.
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