One Thousand Roads to Mecca

One Thousand Roads to Mecca

Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing About the Muslim Pilgrimage

Book - 1997
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Since its inception in the seventh century, the pilgrimage to Mecca, or the Hajj, has been the central theme in a large body of Islamic travel literature. Beginning with the European Renaissance, it has also been the subject for a handful of adventurous writers from the West who, through conversion or connivance, managed to slip inside the walls of a city forbidden to non-Muslims. One Thousand Roads to Mecca collects significant works by observant travel writers from the East and West over the last ten centuries. The two very different literary traditions form distinct sides of a spirited conversation in which Mecca is the common destination and Islam the common subject of inquiry.

Excerpted works include travel narratives by Ibn Jubayr, Ibn Battuta, J. L. Burckhardt, Richard Burton, the Begum of Bhopal, John Keene, Winifred Stegar, Muhammad Asad, Harry St. John Philby, Lady Evelyn Cobbald, Jalal Al-e Ahmad, Malcolm X, and Michael Wolfe.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c1997
ISBN: 9780802135995
Branch Call Number: ANF 297.352 ONE
Characteristics: xxxi, 620 p. : maps
Additional Contributors: Wolfe, Michael 1945-
Alternative Title: 1000 roads to Mecca


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American travel writer, publisher and convert to Islam, Michael Wolfe edits nearly ten centuries of diaries written by pilgrims to Mecca, the holy city of the Muslim faith. A selection of authors, Eastern and Western present a diverse collection of literary adventures.

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