14 March 2022, Chad Doell & Dan Gibson
In 87 A.H. (706 CE), a mosque was constructed in Wāsiṭ, Iraq which seemed to face an empty, deserted spot in Arabia, located in an area between Petra and Mecca. Over the ensuing decades, 35 further Umayyad mosques were constructed which also adopted this ‘between’ Qibla direction (which will hereon referred to as the ‘between’ Qibla). As research is ongoing, perhaps more of these between mosques will be discovered. This chapter discusses the origin of the ‘Between’ or ‘wasit’ qiblas, and the man who invented it: Al-Ḥajjāj.