Mecca Bound

Robert Irwin

  • The Hajj: Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Holy Places by F.E. Peters
    Princeton, 399 pp, £19.95, July 1994, ISBN 0 691 02120 1
  • Pilgrims and Sultans: The Hajj under the Ottomans by Suraiya Faroqhi
    Tauris, 244 pp, £34.50, May 1994, ISBN 1 85043 606 1
  • The Hadj: A Pilgrimage to Mecca by Michael Wolfe
    Secker, 331 pp, £19.99, January 1994, ISBN 0 436 58404 2

In the section of The Anatomy of Melancholy devoted to the perils of religious enthusiasm, Robert Burton pauses briefly to comment on the complex and meritorious rituals of the hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca:

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