Shi'ite Pilgramage to Mecca, 1885-1886

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The account of a 19th-century pilgrimage to Mecca by an Iranian Shi'ite gentleman. The memoir reveals social and economic information about Tsarist Russia, the Ottoman Empire and Arabia, detailing the pilgrims' experiences, the physical hardships, disease, generosity, banditry, hospitality and exaltation. It describes tensions between the Shi'ites and the Sunnis. The author records details of distances, currencies, accommodations and modes of travel.

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