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The Hajj : The Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Holy Places

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Among the duties God imposes upon every Muslim capable of doing so is a pilgrimage to the holy places in and around Mecca in Arabia. Not only is it a religious ritual filled with blessings for the millions who make the journey annually, but it is also a social, political, and commercial experience that for centuries has set in motion a flood of travelers across the world's continents. Whatever its outcome--spiritual enrichment, cultural exchange, financial gain or ruin--the road to Mecca has long been an exhilarating human adventure. By collecting the firsthand accounts of these travelers and shaping their experiences into a richly detailed narrative, F. E. Peters here provides an unparalleled literary history of the central ritual of Islam from its remote pre-Islamic origins to the end of the Hashimite Kingdom of the Hijaz in 1926.show more

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  • Paperback | 430 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 30mm | 698.53g
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 3 maps, 26 halftones
  • 069102619X
  • 9780691026190
  • 1,451,804

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'Peters's The Hajj provides a clear and accurate picture of the organization of Muslim rituals. His book is sufficiently comprehensive to replace older accounts of the Hajj. By reading the sources it cites, one can follow the key rituals in some detail.'- Robert Irwin, The London Review of Booksshow more

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"A strong impression of the powerful impact of the pilgrimage on all who witnessed it."--Francis Robinson, The Times Literary Supplement "Peters's The Hajj provides a clear and accurate picture of the organization of [Muslim] rituals. His book is ... sufficiently comprehensive to replace older accounts of the Hajj. By reading the sources it cites, one can follow the key rituals in some detail."--Robert Irwin, The London Review of Books One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1994show more

Table of contents

List of IllustrationsThe Hajj in Early Photo DocumentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionMapsCh. IOrigins3The Religion of Abraham3The Primitive Sanctuary9Arabian Paganism19Muhammad and the Hajj38Ch. IIMecca and the Ways Thither60Changes in the Haram60The Paths to Mecca71The Ways from Iraq73The Syrian Hajj79The Hajj Route from Egypt86The Interior Arabian Routes98Ch. IIIThe Medieval Hajj (1100-1400 C.E.)109Ibn Jubayr on the Hajj in 1183-1184109Entering the State of Ihram114The Pilgrimage to Arafat (13 March 1184)119The Umra of Rajab129Medina the Radiant137Ch. IVUnder New Auspices144The Syrian Pilgrimage145The Carriage and Care of Pilgrims149The Bedouin Problem157The Egyptian Pilgrimage162Iranians Make the Hajj172The Caravan as Marketplace in Early Ottoman Times180The Red Sea Crossing184Ali Bey in Mecca (1807)194The Wahhabis in Mecca197Ch. VThrough European Eyes: Holy City and Hajj in the Nineteenth Century206On Making the Hajj under Pretense206Charles Doughty on the Hajj223On First Arriving in Mecca229The Haram and Its Denizens233The Pilgrimage of 1842248Back from Arafat252A Visit to Medina257Ch. VISteamships and Cholera: The Hajj in Modern Times266The End of the Traditional Hajj266Arrangements Large and Small272Getting There: Transportation on Sea and Land282Health and the Hajj301Ch. VIIThe Great War and After316The Hijaz Railway316Wartime Pilgrimages321The Postwar Hajj331The Wahhabi Pilgrimage of 1925352Notes363Works Cited383Index393show more

About Mr. F. E. Peters

F. E. Peters is Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures and History at New York University. Among his many books published by Princeton University Press are: Mecca; Children of Abraham; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Jerusalem; and Reader on Classical Islam.show more

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