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Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton
Edward Rice
030681028X
June 2001
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The Week 02/20/04
"[A] compulsively readable biography."

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"This masterpiece of history and biography turns the real-life adventures of Burton into a riveting tale...The last great word on the last great explorer of the colonial age." -Wall Street Journal. A New York Times best seller when it was first published, Rice's biography is the gripping story of a fierce, magnetic, and brilliant man whose real-life accomplishments are the stuff of legend. Rice retraces Burton's steps as the first European adventurer to search for the source of the Nile; to enter, disguised, the forbidden cities of Mecca and Medina; and to travel through remote stretches of India, the Near East, and Africa. From his spying exploits to his startling literary accomplishments (the discovery and translation...


A Season in Mecca: Narrative of a Pilgrimage
Abdellah Hammoudi
0809076098
January 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Hammoudi, a Paris-educated professor of anthropology at Princeton University, brings his worldly experiences to the most personal of journeys: the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca (called the hajj in Arabic). Originally written in French, this English edition is being published to coincide with the 2006 hajj. Hammoudi is eager to explore the academic angles of the hajj, all the while doubting the strength of his own faith. He is constantly tested. First, he must bribe a mid-level government official in his native Morocco several times simply to be added to the country's quota list of pilgrims. Upon arrival in Medina, the city of the Prophet Muhammad, Hammoudi is stunned by the omnipresent markets hawking everything from rugs to suitcases. Still struggling for a religious experience, Hammoudi is angered by the Wahhabi...


Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam
Asra Q. Nomani
0060571446
February 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
A former Wall Street Journal reporter, Nomani has invented her own nonfiction genre: gender-sensitive Muslim travel writing. An excellent companion to Nomani's first book, Tantrika, this memoir treads similar ground, chronicling her pilgrimage to Mecca, or hajj, in 2003. Throughout the book, Nomani is filled with self-doubt and healthy frustration with her Islamic faith. The portions describing hajj, particularly the other pilgrims' warmth to her infant son, are original and enjoyable. [...] The second half of the book records Nomani's pioneering struggle at her mosque for equal treatment of women. Daring to enter the men's door at the mosque, Nomani is repeatedly ostracized, and her father—a founder of the mosque—vilified by his counterparts. Nomani decries the Wahhabi takeover of American mosques...


The Road to Mecca
Athol Fugard
0930452798
April 1988
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From AudioFile
The Road to Mecca, by the celebrated South African dramatist Athol Fugard, depicts the struggle of eccentric, reclusive Miss Helen (Julie Harris), whose friend, Elsa (Amy Irving), tries to goad her out of her depression while her pastor (Harris Yulin) attempts to admit her to a nursing home. This idea-rich play probes the concerns of old and young, liberal and conservative, and the secular and religious. The performances are all memorable; Julie Harris movingly brings out the lovable frailty of Miss Helen, and Amy Irving captures both the angry and the caring sides of Elsa. Director Steve Albrezzi's occasional use of subtle background music highlights the play's lyrical moments. G.H. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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After Mecca: Women Poets And The Black Arts Movement
Cheryl Clarke
0813534062
January 25, 2005
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"This is the only book-length treatment of Black women poets of the Black Arts Movement, their contributions to the development of feminism and lesbian-feminism, and their impact on the poets who succeeded them. Clarke has the advantage of being an "insider" who witnessed part of the era she’s analyzing."—Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College, co-author of Gender TalkThe politics and music of the sixties and early seventies have been the subject of scholarship for many years, but it is only very recently that attention has turned to the cultural production of African American poets. In "After Mecca," Cheryl Clarke explores the relationship between the Black Arts Movement and black women writers of the period. Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, Ntozake Shange, Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Jayne Cortez,...


Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca
Michael Wolfe
0802135862
September 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
In an engaging and instructive account of his experiences as a Muslim pilgrim to Mecca, California freelance writer, editor and publisher Wolfe lifts the veil for Western readers on this ancient and sacred duty of Islam, simultaneously presenting a lively and sympathetic picture of Muslims. Wolfe, a self-described "mongrel" son of a Christian mother and a Jewish father, says he wanted not to "trade in" his culture in his recent conversion to Islam, but to find "access to new meanings" and "an escape route from the isolating terms of a materialistic culture." He explores new meanings through readings in translation of Islamic literature, religion and history, but most of all in discussions with other men, especially the wise, folksy and enthusiastic Mostopha, with whom he spends Ramadan. (Not surprisingly, the...


Mecca and Eden
Brannon M. Wheeler
0226888037
Apr 2006
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Book Description
Nineteenth-century philologist and Biblical critic William Robertson Smith famously concluded that the sacred status of holy places derives not from their intrinsic nature but from their social character. Building upon this insight, Mecca and Eden uses Islamic exegetical and legal texts to analyze the rituals and objects associated with the sanctuary at Mecca. Integrating Islamic examples into the comparative study of religion, Brannon Wheeler shows how the treatment of rituals, relics, and territory is related to the more general mythological depiction of the origins of Islamic civilization. Along the way, Wheeler considers the contrast between Mecca and Eden in Muslim rituals, the dispersal and collection of relics of the prophet Muhammad, their relationship to the sanctuary at Mecca, and long tombs...


Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al Madinah and Mecca (Volume 1)
Richard Burton
0486212173
June 1, 1964
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Book Description
Volume 1 of classic work. Posing as a wandering dervish, Burton gained admittance to the holy Kaabah and to the tomb of the prophet at Medina and participated in all the rituals of the Hadj (pilgrimage). A treasury of material on Arab life, beliefs, manners and morals, etc.


Mecca and Eden
Brannon M. Wheeler
0226888045
Apr 2006
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Book Description
Nineteenth-century philologist and Biblical critic William Robertson Smith famously concluded that the sacred status of holy places derives not from their intrinsic nature but from their social character. Building upon this insight, Mecca and Eden uses Islamic exegetical and legal texts to analyze the rituals and objects associated with the sanctuary at Mecca. Integrating Islamic examples into the comparative study of religion, Brannon Wheeler shows how the treatment of rituals, relics, and territory is related to the more general mythological depiction of the origins of Islamic civilization. Along the way, Wheeler considers the contrast between Mecca and Eden in Muslim rituals, the dispersal and collection of relics of the prophet Muhammad, their relationship to the sanctuary at Mecca, and long tombs...


The Hajj: The Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Holy Places
F. E. Peters
069102619X
December 1995
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Review
A strong impression of the powerful impact of the pilgrimage on all who witnessed it.

Book Description

Among the duties God imposes upon every Muslim capable of doing so is a pilgrimage to the holy places in and around Mecca in Arabia. Not only is it a religious ritual filled with blessings for the millions who make the journey annually, but it is also a social, political, and commercial experience that for centuries has set in motion a flood of travelers across the world's continents. Whatever its outcome--spiritual enrichment, cultural exchange, financial gain or ruin--the road to Mecca has long been an exhilarating human adventure. By collecting the firsthand accounts of these travelers and shaping their experiences into a richly detailed narrative, F. E. Peters here provides an...



Mecca the Blessed, Medina the Radiant: The Holiest Cities of Islam
Ali Kazuyoshi Nomachi
089381752X
September 1997
Hardcover
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Book Review
These photographs of the Muslim holy cities Mecca and Medina, taken by a Japanese convert, Ali Kazuyoshi Nomachi, are something new for most Westerners, and perhaps even for many Muslims. Non-Muslims are never allowed into Mecca, and it is almost unheard-of for religious and government leaders to allow such pictures to be taken. Most of these images were shot during the holy month of Ramadan, when many faithful are in Mecca and Medina on pilgrimage.

Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University, has contributed an essay explaining the history and significance of the two cities. "Mecca and its twin city Medina flourish as the heart and sacred Center of the Islamic universe and will continue to do so as long as there are men and women who accept the truth of Lailaha illa'Llah...



To Moscow, Not Mecca
Shoshana Keller
0275972380
Aug 2001
Hardcover
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Review
“This well-presented, erudite study examines the struggle in Central Asia between the atheistic Soviet communist regime and Islam's ancient religious and political traditions. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”–Choice
“[A] major contribution to the field of modern Central Asian studies, and also to the modern history of the Islamic world.”–The American Historical Review
“Keller's use of primary documents and astute scholarship shines through in this splendid work designed for professionals and advanced researchers.”–Political Science Quarterly
“Keller's book is one of the first to explore the Soviet treatment of Islam in Central Asia in this period, the revolutionary first decades of Soviet rule....Keller's conclusions about the survival of Islam and...


Our Mecca Is Harlem: Clarence 13x (Allah) and the Five Percent
Prince A Cuba (Author)
1564110761

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Book Description
This is the most widely read book of the Nation of Gods and Earth. Also known as the "Five Percent," Their Founder and Leader was assassinated early in his mission. This book is a compilation of newspaper articles and commentary, by the Editor. It is the single most complete source of information about Clarence 13x and the Five percent.


Mecca: A Literary History of the Muslim Holy Land
F. E. Peters
069103267X
October 1994
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
To most Westerners, the sacred Islamic cities of Mecca and Medina and their surrounding haram (the area off-limits to non-Muslims) are exotic, hidden places. We know that they are the destinations of the great annual pilgrimage called the hajj-but what else do we know? Thoroughly researched and clearly presented, this work goes far toward enlightening us. So far as Peters (Near Eastern languages, New York Univ.) has been able to discover, there has been no archaeology done in the region at all. So he has perforce gathered strictly literary evidence from a wide range of writings, both Islamic and Western, including national archives, travelogs, histories, and private journals. Full of informative detail, and with substantial notes and bibliography, his work is a true scholar's guidebook to further study and not for...


Hajj & Umrah From A to Z
Mamdouh N. Mohamed
096528770X
January 1, 1996
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Book Description
A 4-Color guidebook that explains the annual pilgrmage from A to Z steps. This how-to book contains valuable information about Muslim culture & beliefs, making the book good for multi-cultural education. It has uniquely designed & illustrated content with many illustrations.

Language Notes
Text: English, Arabic


One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing about the Muslim Pilgrimage
Michael Wolfe (Editor)
0802135994
September 1998
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Book Review
A journey to Mecca, the Hajj, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, an undertaking that every Muslim should attempt at least once in his or her life. By leaving their homes and possessions and taking to the road to travel to the birthplace of Islam, Muslims are reminded that all humans are equal before God. It's no wonder, then, that the Hajj has been a central theme of Islamic travel-writing since the 7th century, A.D.

One Thousand Roads to Mecca is a collection of more than 20 accounts of the Hajj spanning ten centuries. The writers collected in this anthology reflect the geographic diversity of Islam. These pilgrims come from all over the world: Morocco, India, Persia, England, Italy, and the United States. They travel by boat and camel, on foot and horseback and, most recently, by airplane; many suffered all the...



The Social Importance of Self-Esteem
Andrew Mecca
0520067096
Jan 1989
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Book Description
Is the well-being of a society dependent on the well-being of its citizenry? Does individual self-esteem play a causal role in chronic social problems such as child abuse, school drop-out rates, teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, welfare dependency?
In an attempt to answer these questions, the State of California established a task force on self-esteem and social responsibility in 1987. The aim of this body was to determine what connections might exist between these two factors and to suggest policy guidelines relating to the welfare of Californians and to the expenditure of public resources. The ten essays in this volume, prepared by faculty members of the University of California, draw on research in the social and behavioral sciences to explore these issues. They assess the substantive assertions and...


Hollywood
Blaise Cendrars
0520078071
Apr 1995
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Though Cendrars (1887-1961) is best known as a modernist French poet and novelist, he was also a journalist who chronicled for Paris-Soir a two-week visit to Hollywood in 1936. The pieces, later published as a book in several languages, are only now translated into English; and White, a freelance film journalist, provides an extensive, thoughtful introduction to this only fitfully interesting book. The familiar paradoxes that animate the text?Hollywood is an "illusion factory" where commerce reigns, a "New Byzantium" that is a quintessentially American mix of cynicism and joy, vulgarity and beauty?are largely bereft of the details or wit that would make them fresh. And although Cendrars's novel Sutter's Gold was the basis of a film, in these pages he distances himself from Hollywood. He seems to have met no one...


Qusta Ibn Luqa's Medical Regime for the Pilgrims to Mecca: The Risala Fi Tadbir Safar Al-Hajj
Gerrit Bos (Editor)
9004095411
June 1992
Hardcover
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Book Description
This work by Qusta Ibn Luqa, the only known health guide for the pilgrim to Mecca, discusses in a concise and logical manner the best regime for the traveller, the diseases which may befall him and their treatment. It is an eloquent witness to the author's profound knowledge of the works of ancient physicians, especially those of the Byzantine physician Paul of Aegina. After an exposition of the best regimen for the traveller, Qusta mentions the different diseases which may befall him, namely, fatigue, earache, diseases of the bronchial tubes and those caused by dust. Recommended remedies are simple and compound drugs, bathing and massage. Qusta then discusses criteria to determine the quality of water, means to improve bad water, and means to quench one's thirst. In the next chapters Qusta treats...


The Sheltered Quarter: A Tale of a Boyhood in Mecca
Hamza Bogary
0292727526
January 1991
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Book Description
Hamza Bogary describes a bygone way of life that has now irreversibly disappeared. He speaks of life in Mecca before the advent of oil. Only partly autobiographical, the memoir is nevertheless rich in remembered detail based on Bogary's early observations of life in Mecca. He has transformed his knowledge into art through his sense of humor, empathy, and remarkable understanding of human nature. This work not only entertains; it also informs its readers about the Arabia of the first half of the twentieth century in a graphic and fascinating way. The narrator, young Muhaisin, deals with various aspects of Arabian culture, including education, pilgrimages, styles of clothing, slavery, public executions, the status of women, and religion. Muhaisin is frank in his language and vivid in his humor. The reader quickly comes...


Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks)
miriam cooke (Editor), Bruce B. Lawrence (Editor)
080785588X
March 7, 2005
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Review
"miriam cooke and Bruce Lawrence have succeeded in organizing and leading a scholarly assessment of the social context of formation and dynamics of Muslim networks in a historical perspective full of contemporary relevance. This is indispensable material for understanding the cultural and religious dynamics of our interdependent world. (Manuel Castells, University of Southern California, Los Angeles)"
"The articles in this book make the most important point that not only in pre-modern times was the Islamic world profoundly interconnected but that connections of this kind have persisted, and have remained of the utmost significance into the contemporary era. It is a point that should inform all modern policy considerations. (Francis Robinson, Royal Holloway, University of London)"

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Muhammad of Mecca
Elsa Marston
0531155544
Mar 2001
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9-This biography is readable, straightforward, and quite satisfactory. In addition to the expected life story, Marston also presents basic information on Muslim beliefs and practices, and gives a brief history of Islam after Muhammad's death. There are many black-and-white photographs and reproductions (though some are too small or too dark). Overall, this book is a useful addition to libraries, particularly those seeking to expand their holdings on world religions.Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Road to Mecca
Muhammad Asad
1887752374
January 1980
Textbook Paperback
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New York Post
A very rare and powerful book, raised, completely above the ordinary by its candor and intelligence... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

New York Hearld Tribune
A unique book. Its haunting overtones will linger in the memory --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Sacred Journey
Ahmad Kamal
0595010024
Aug 2000
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Book Description

First published in 1961, this English edition of The Sacred Journey presents the traditions, dogma, and Islamic ritual that govern the lives and destiny of one seventh of mankind.

For the more than five million who call themselves Muslim, this is the official guide to the Sacred Journey, the pilgrimage to Mecca, and for non-Muslims, it is a gateway to another world, the first full-scale picture of Islam as it appears to the followers of the Prophet Muhammad.

Not since the early eighteenth century has any writer brought to the Western reader so profound a knowledge of Islam. A remarkable and stimulating contribution to scholarship, The Sacred Journey is also a work of literature that may well become a classic.


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