Tracing the history behind the rise of the Islamic world's great pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina, this account proceeds from the earliest traditions to the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
From there the discussion turns to the short-lived Hashemite Kingdom and the establishment of the writ of the Saud over the two Holy Cities in 1925.
An appreciation of a powerful cultural and religious phenomenon, this beautiful book draws on the first-hand accounts of historians and travellers, many of them eyewitnesses, to breathe life into the scenarios described.
A spectacular photo essay by the granddaughter of the late King Faisal, Princess Reem Faisal, is also included.
About the Author
Sultan Ghalib al-Quaiti was the last ruler of the Quaiti state, Hadhramaut, which is presently known as South Yemen.
"Uses the single lens of the pilgrimage and the holy cities of Mecca and Medina to look deep into the history of Islamic civilization. Not only scholars but all who are interested in how Islamic religion and culture have exerted power and fascination down through the centuries of intricate Muslim social and political history will benefit from this book." --Frank Vogel, professor of Islamic legal studies, Harvard Law School
Number Of Pages: 700
Published: 1st April 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.7 x 5.3
Weight (kg): 0.998