Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah, Volume 2

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G. Bell, 1906 - Arabian Peninsula
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User Review  - William345 - LibraryThing

Ironically, for this second volume describes the achievement of Burton's quest--that is, his entry into Medina and Mecca--I found it not as stirring as Volume 1. This from the perspective of someone ... Read full review

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User Review  - hmskip - LibraryThing

This book is not quite what I expected. However, Burton does have a great descriptive power and his detailed descriptions of some of the more chaotic scenes during his travels are quite entertaining. Anyone wishing to get a complete description of the Mecca and Medina shrines ( Read full review



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