Western accounts of the Hajj, the ritual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, are rare, since access to Mecca is forbidden to non-Muslims. In the Muslim world, however, pilgrimage literature is a well-established genre, dating back to the earliest centuries of the Islamic era. A Shi?ite Pilgrimage to Mecca is taken from the original nineteenth-century Persian manuscript of the Safarnâmeh of Mirzâ Mo?ammad ?osayn Farâhâni, a well-educated, keenly observant, Iranian Shi?ite gentleman.
This memoir holds a wealth of social and economic information about Czarist Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Northern Iran, and Arabia. The author is a meticulous observer, recording details of distances, currencies, accommodations, modes of travel, and so on. He records the experiences encountered by pilgrims of his day: physical hardships, disease, generosity and compassion, banditry, hospitality, comradeship, and exaltation. And, without prejudice, he discusses the tensions between the Shi?ites and the Sunnites in the holy places-tensions that still exist and have erupted in bloody clashes during recent pilgrimages.
A Shi?ite Pilgrimage to Mecca will appeal to a wide audience of general readers, Middle Eastern scholars, anthropologists, and
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|Size: ||23.9 MB|
|Publisher: ||University of Texas Press|
|Date published: || 2015|
|ISBN: ||9780292716513 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|