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Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam [Hardcover]

Venetia Porter

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Book Description

March 30 2012

The Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, is the largest pilgrimage in the world today and a sacred duty for all Muslims. Each year, millions of the faithful from around the world make the pilgrimage to Makkah, the birthplace of Islam where the Prophet Muhammad received his revelation.

With contributions from renowned experts Muhammad Abdel Haleem, Hugh Kennedy, Robert Irwin, and Ziauddin Sardar, this fascinating book pulls together many strands of Hajj, its rituals, history, and modern manifestations. Travel was once a hazardous gamble, yet devoted Muslims undertook the journey to Makkah, documenting their experiences in manuscripts, wall paintings, and early photographs, many of which are presented here. Through a wealth of illustrations including pilgrims’ personal objects, souvenirs, and maps, Hajj provides a glimpse into this important holy rite for Muslim readers already grounded in the tradition and non-Muslims who cannot otherwise participate.

Hajj does not, however, merely trace pilgrimages of the past. The Hajj is a living tradition, influenced by new conveniences and obstacles. Graffiti, consumerism, and state lotteries all now play a role in this time-honored practice. This book opens out onto the full sweep of the Hajj: a sacred path walked by early Islamic devotees and pre-Islamic Arabians; a sumptuous site of worship under the care of sultans; and an expression of faith in the modern world.


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[An] immensely rich cultural and historical source.
--M. Swartz (Choice 2012-09-01)

About the Author

Venetia Porter is a Curator in the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic expose' Sept. 5 2012
By Abu Abdurrahman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a wonderful expose' into the Hajj and its history although I must caution that it is not intended as a guide for a Haaji, but rather a book intended to show the beauty of Hajj, its rites and the undertakings of those who perform and intend to perform it. Those who are going on Hajj and looking for practical information on how to perform it can also see books like An Easy Step-by-Step Guide on Hajj and Hajj and Umrah at a Glance
5.0 out of 5 stars Hajjstory May 28 2013
By Ralph J. Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a very well done book and the pictures and text are wonderful. I recommend it to anyone interest the history of the Hajj and associated photos.

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