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Subject  :  hajj accounts
Author  :  Greg Koos mailto:%20gregkoos@gte.net
Date  :  03-26-2001 on 08:02 p.m.
I recently read a 19th century account of a Hajj to Mecca. The route was by train and sea. It's well worth reading - not much on rugs - but a lot on people and place. The import export tax scam was mentioned. Some things never change

Muhammad Husayn: A Shi'ite Pilgrimage to Mecca, (1885-1886) The Safarnameh of Mirza Mohammad Hosayn Farahani

edited, translated, and annotated by Hafez
Farmayan and Elton L. Daniel

University of Texas Press (1990)
xxxii, 380 p., 32 p. of plates; ill., maps
Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-364) and index.

ISBN: 0-292-77620-9 Cloth $40.00 Out of print
ISBN: 0-292-77622-5 Paper $19.95

Subject  :  Re:hajj accounts
Author  :  Filiberto Boncompagni mailto:%20filibert@go.com.jo
Date  :  03-27-2001 on 04:35 a.m.
Thank you, Greg

Does the book mention anything about trading during the Hajj?


Subject  :  Re:hajj accounts
Author  :  R. John Howe mailto:%20rjhowe@erols.com
Date  :  03-27-2001 on 06:22 a.m.
Dear folks -

I am not sure but I think I once owned the volume that Greg mentions (gave it to a rug dealer here who is a Hajji; found out later that he is illiterate even in his own language). It would be easy to tell. The pilgrim in the book I had was described as not only a devout Moslem but also as a slave trader who noticably liked women.

I did a quick search or two on ABE (the most interesting results are for a key word search on "Mecca") and found that there are apparently at least two editions of this book. The original is apparently British in 3 volumes and is offered for $375. But two copies of an American edition are offered, one from London at about $15, the other in Illinois for under $10.

The memory I have from my reading of rugs and pilgrimages to Mecca is that there were/are rugs described as "Mecca" rugs and these were apparently rather cheaply made, touristy affairs and were/are sold to pilgrims as souvenirs of their trip.


R. John Howe

Subject  :  Re:hajj accounts
Author  :  Greg Koos mailto:%20gregkoos@gte.net
Date  :  03-27-2001 on 07:50 a.m.
There is quite a bit about trade but the author was wealthy. I don't recall that he mentioned pilgrim trade. Like John, I passed the book along to another.

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