Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah: Volume 1, El-Misr

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah: Volume 1, El-Misr

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The British explorer Sir Richard F. Burton (1821-90) was a colourful and often controversial character. A talented linguist and keen ethnologist, he worked in India during the 1840s as an interpreter and intelligence officer for General Sir Charles Napier, and published several books about his experiences in 1851-2. He first gained celebrity, however, for his adventurous 1853 trip to Mecca, under the disguise of a pilgrim, which is described in this lively three-volume publication (1855-6). Few Europeans had ever visited the Muslim holy places; one of them was John Lewis Burckhardt, whose 1829 account is also reissued in this series. Volume 1 of Burton's book describes his arrival in Egypt, the weeks he spent in Alexandria and Cairo polishing his linguistic and cultural skills, and how, at the end of Ramadan, he travelled to Suez by camel, and from there by boat to Yanbu al-Bahr.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus. 2 colour illus. 1 map
  • 1139162292
  • 9781139162296

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Preface; 1. To Alexandria; 2. I leave Alexandria; 3. The Nile steam boat; 4. Life in the Wakalah; 5. The Ramazan; 6. The mosque; 7. Preparations to quit Cairo; 8. From Cairo to Suez; 9. Suez; 10. The pilgrim ship; 11. To Yambu; 12. The halt at Yambu; 13. From Yambu to Bir Abbas.
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