The Longest Journey: Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca

The Longest Journey: Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca

ISBN: 0195308271

ISBN 13: 9780195308273

Publication Date: April 12, 2013

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Pages: 356

Format: Paperback

Author: Eric Tagliacozzo

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The pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, has been a yearly phenomenon of great importance in Muslim lands for well over one thousand years. Each year, millions of pilgrims from throughout the Dar al-Islam, or Islamic world, stretching from Morocco east to Indonesia, make the trip to Mecca as one of the five pillars of their faith. By the end of the nineteenth century, and the beginning of the twentieth, fully half of all pilgrims making the journey in any given year could come from Southeast Asia. The Longest Journey, spanning eleven modern nation-states and seven centuries, is the first book to offer a history of the Hajj from one of Islam's largest and most important regions.

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