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

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Princeton University Press, 1994 - Religion - 399 pages
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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.

  

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The American scholar F.E. Peters is professor of classics and history at New York University and chairs the university's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Literature. He was educated at St. Louis University and received his Ph.D. in Oriental Studies from Princeton University in 1961. Peters has written about classical civilizations in the Middle East and Near Eastern urbanism, and about the religion and culture of Islam, especially during the Early Period.

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