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Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Middle East and Asia Minor

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108042017

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About the Authors
  • The British explorer Sir Richard F. Burton (1821–90) was a colourful and often controversial character. A talented linguist and keen ethnologist, he worked in India during the 1840s as an interpreter and intelligence officer for General Sir Charles Napier, and published several books about his experiences in 1851–2. He first gained celebrity, however, for his adventurous 1853 trip to Mecca, under the disguise of a pilgrim, which is described in this lively three-volume publication (1855–6). Few Europeans had ever visited the Muslim holy places; one of them was John Lewis Burckhardt, whose 1829 account is also reissued in this series. Volume 1 describes Burton's preparations in Egypt, Volume 2 his journey to Medina, and Volume 3 his eventual arrival in Mecca and the culminating rituals of the hajj. The book vividly evokes the heat, crowds, noise, excitement and dangers of the pilgrimage.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108042017
    • length: 1348 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 77 mm
    • weight: 1.84kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. To Alexandria
    2. I leave Alexandria
    3. The Nile steam boat
    4. Life in the Wakálah
    5. The Ramazán
    6. The mosque
    7. Preparations to quit Cairo
    8. From Cairo to Suez
    9. Suez
    10. The pilgrim ship
    11. To Yambu
    12. The halt at Yambu
    13. From Yambu to Bir Abbas. Volume 2:
    14. From Bir Abbas to El Medinah
    15. Through the suburb of El Medinah to Hamid's house
    16. A visit to the Prophet's tomb
    17. An essay towards the history of the Prophet's mosque
    18. El Medinah
    19. A ride to the mosque of Kuba
    20. The visitation of Hamzah's tomb
    21. The people of El Medinah
    22. A visit to the Saints' cemetery
    Appendix. Volume 3:
    23. From El Medinah to El Suwayrkiyah
    24. The Bedouins of El Hejaz
    25. From El Suwayrkiyah to Meccah
    26. The Bait Ullah
    27. The first visit to the House of Allah
    28. Of Hajj, or pilgrimage
    29. The ceremonies of the Yaum el Tarwiyah
    30. The ceremonies of the Day of Arafat
    31. The ceremonies of the Day of Victims
    32. The Days of Drying Flesh
    33. Life at Meccah, and the Little Pilgrimage
    34. Places of pious visitation at Meccah
    35. Jeddah

  • Author

    Richard Francis Burton

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