Cairo/New York: American University in Cairo Press, 2009. Hardcover. Green boards with illustrated dust jacket, xviii, 124 pp, illustrations and maps in bw and color. As new in shrinkwrap. Item #176343
These are the compressed diaries of Muhammed Ali Effendi Sa'udi, a civil servant and accomplished photographer. They offer a glimpse of the Hajj through Egyptian eyes at the beginning of the twentieth century when the Ottoman Empire was on the wane and the advance of the Hijaz railway threatened to upset vested interests in the old pattern of pilgrimage. Sa'udi twice accompanied the Amir al-Hajj, Ibrahim Rif'at Pasha, attached to the official Egyptian caravan. His story of these journeys combines the thoughts of a devout Muslim with detail on the hardships and health hazards facing pilgrims, the high-level intrigues, and the ever-present dangers of taking photographs.
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