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The Hadj, or sacred journey, is the pilgrimage to the house of God at Mecca that all Muslims are entreated to make once in their lifetimes. One of the world's longest-lived religious rites, having continued without break for fourteen hundred years, it is, like all things Islamic, shrouded in mystery for Westerners. In The Hadj, Michael Wolfe, an American who converted to Islam, recounts his own journey as a pilgrim, and in doing so brings readers dose to the heart of what the pilgrimage means to a member of the religion that claims one-sixth of the world's population.
Not since Sir Richard Burtons account of the pilgrimage to Mecca over one hundred years ago has a Western writer described the Hadj in such fascinating detail. At a time when the eyes of the world are on Islam, The Hadj offers a perspective and a much-needed look at its human face. The Literary Review calls The Hadj "the most engaging of travel books" and says that Wolfe's "pilgrimage will move people of all faiths -- and of none at all, because it describes a universal journey for meaning, transcendence and peace".
Title: The Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca
Publisher: Grove Press:
ISBN Number: 0802135862
ISBN Number 13: 9780802135865
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