Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah 3 Volume Set

Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah 3 Volume Set

by Richard Francis Burton

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108042017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/29/2011
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Middle East and Asia Minor
Pages: 1348
Sales rank: 992,559
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 3.03(d)

About the Author

Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, author, translator, linguist, and orientalist. Though he published over forty books and countless articles during his life, only two were original works. He is best known for his translations, in particular his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and The Kama Sutra.

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; Postscript; 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; Index.

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