A Shi'ite Pilgrimage to Mecca, 1885-1886: The Safarnameh of Mirza Mo Ammad Osayn Farahani

A Shi'ite Pilgrimage to Mecca, 1885-1886: The Safarnameh of Mirza Mo Ammad Osayn Farahani

By: Mirza Mohammed Hosayn Farahani (author), Hafez Farmayan (translator), Elton L. Daniel (translator)Paperback

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Western accounts of the Hajj, the ritual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, are rare, since access to Mecca is forbidden to non-Muslims. In the Muslim world, however, pilgrimage literature is a well-established genre, dating back to the earliest centuries of the Islamic era. A Shi'ite Pilgrimage to Mecca is taken from the original nineteenth-century Persian manuscript of the Safarnameh of Mirza Mohammad Hosayn Farahani, a well-educated, keenly observant, Iranian Shi'ite gentleman. This memoir holds a wealth of social and economic information about Czarist Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Northern Iran, and Arabia. The author is a meticulous observer, recording details of distances, currencies, accommodations, modes of travel, and so on. He records the experiences encountered by pilgrims of his day: physical hardships, disease, generosity and compassion, banditry, hospitality, comradeship, and exaltation. And, without prejudice, he discusses the tensions between the Shi'ites and the Sunnites in the holy places-tensions that still exist and have erupted in bloody clashes during recent pilgrimages. A Shi'ite Pilgrimage to Mecca will appeal to a wide audience of general readers, Middle Eastern scholars, anthropologists, and historians.

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Mirza Mohammed Hosayn Farahani (1847-1912) was a Persian diplomat. Hafez F. Farmayan, a descendant of the Q j r Dynasty of Iran, is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Elton L. Daniel was Professor of History at the University of Hawaii.


* Preface * Introduction * Part One. From Tehran to the Caspian * Part Two. From Baku to Batum * Part Three. The Ottoman Empire * Part Four. From Alexandria to Jedda * Part Five. The Pilgrimage to Mecca * Part Six. The Visit to Medina * Part Seven. The Return to Iran * Appendix * Farahani's Map of the Masjed ol-Haram * Gates of the Masjed ol-Haram according to Various Authorities * Plan of Medina * Plan of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina * Glossary * Select Bibliography * Table Of Subject Headings * Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/06/1990
  • ISBN13: 9780292776227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9780292776227
  • weight: 1271
  • ISBN10: 0292776225

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