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1 - Introduction: Why Jeddah

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 February 2020

Ulrike Freitag
Affiliation:
Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
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This chapter introduces the topic, theoretical approach, and sources used to write the present history of Jeddah. The local perception of Jeddah as ‘different’ in a Saudi Arabian context serves as the point of departure for this undertaking. Building on the local view of a city hospitable to Muslim pilgrims, a number of practices are discerned which allow the characterisation of Jeddah as a cosmopolitan city with a distinct set of convivial practices. These will be explored throughout the book using a broad range of Arabic, Ottoman, and foreign sources, produced both by governments and individuals. These also include travelogues and local histories as well as material dealing with local traditions.

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A History of Jeddah
The Gate to Mecca in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
, pp. 1 - 39
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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