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Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage

Essays in Honour of Nasser David Khalili

With a Foreword by Julian Raby
A comprehensive overview of Hajj, one of the central pillars of Islam.

Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage consists of twenty-seven essays addressing objects in the remarkable collection of Nasser David Khalili. The collection features more than five thousand objects relating to the arts of pilgrimage, from the eighth century to today, and includes Qur’ans, illustrated manuscripts, rare books, scientific instruments, textiles, coins, paintings, prints, and photo-postcards, as well as archival material, unique historical documents, and examples of the work of some of the earliest Muslim photographers of Hajj. Together the essays collected in Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage provide a comprehensive overview of Hajj, illustrating the religious, spiritual, cultural, and artistic aspects of pilgrimage to the Holy Sanctuaries of Islam and the cosmopolitan nature of Hajj itself. Each essay is written by a prominent specialist in the field and beautifully illustrated with full-color images of objects from the collection, some of which have never been seen in print before. Taking readers from the early history of Islam to the fascinating story of the Western view of Muslim pilgrimage, these essays will transform our perception of Hajj.

768 pages | two-volumes, slipcase | 10 1/2 x 12 1/2

Art: Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Art

History: Middle Eastern History

Religion: Islam

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Table of Contents

Julian Raby


Mr Michael Wolfe
The Hajj

Dr Peter Webb
The History and Significance of the Meccan Hajj – from pre-Islam to the rise of the Abbasids

Dr Harry Munt
The Prophet’s tomb and the history of pilgrimage to Medina
(Up to the Mamluk period)

Dr Sergio Carro Martín
Unrolling The Hajj: The Evolution Of Pilgrimage Certificates

Dr Muhammad Isa Waley
Futu? Al-?aramayn: Mu?yi Lari’s Versified Account Of ?ajj And The Holy Places Of The ?ijaz

Dr Muhammad Isa Waley
Tuhfet Ül-Haremeyn: The Ottoman Poet Yusuf Nâbî’s Account Of His Pilgrimage To Mecca And Medina

Ms Qaisra Khan
The Cemeteries of Mecca and Medina

Dr Edmund Hayes
Entwined Itineraries: Early Shi?i interpretations of the Hajj and the Ziyara to the Shi?i Imams

Professor Ulrich Marzolph
Shi?i Perspectives on Hajj: Illustrated Souvenir Scrolls of Hajj and Ziyarat

Ms Nahla Nassar
The Dar al-Kiswah from the late 19th to the early 20th century

Mr Seif el Rashidi
Insights from the Accounts of a Noble Enterprise: Ledgers from Dar al-Kiswah 1900–1970

Dr Bilal Badat & Dr Sami De Giosa
The Life and Works of Abdullah Zühdi Efendi

Ms Janie Lightfoot
From Mecca to Medina. A Textile Conservation Story

Dr Saarthak Singh
The Place of Pilgrimage in Talismanic Shirts from the Islamic world

Dr Mehmet Tütüncü
The Chronological Development of Mecca Views

Dr Sabiha Gologlu
Multi-Paraline, and Perspectival Views of Islamic Pilgrimage Sites

Dr Arnoud Vrolijk
Early Hajj Photography, 1880–1914

Dr Luitgard Mols
Regional styles, international models: the Holy Sanctuaries of Mecca and Medina on reverse glass paintings

Professor Richard McGregor
Mahmals in Procession – Spectacles from Cairo and Damascus

Professor Alastair Hamilton
‘The puzzle of Egypt’: The Mahmal in foreign eyes

Professor Jan Loop
European Travellers and Christian Converts in Mecca and Medina (1500–1940)

Dr Michael Christopher Low
Deadly Journeys: Public Health and Mobility Regulation in the Age of Steam

Mr James Nicholson
The Hijaz Railway and Route Guide

Dr John Slight
The Hajj and Colonial South Asia

Mr Yousuf Saeed
South Asia as a Production Hub for Popular Islamic Images

Dr Aram Vardanyan
Islamic Coins As Witnesses To Secular Power And Pilgrimage In Medieval Mecca And Medina

Ms Qaisra Khan
The Special Hajj Banknotes of Pakistan

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