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The Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empire

The Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empire

The Hajj and Europe in the Age of Empire

edited by Umar Ryad, with contributions from (among others) Umar Ryad and Ulrike Freitag.

The present volume focuses on the political perceptions of the Hajj, its global religious appeal to Muslims, and the European struggle for influence and supremacy in the Muslim world in the age of pre-colonial and colonial empires. In the late fifteenth century and early sixteenth century, a pivotal change in seafaring occurred, through which western Europeans played important roles in politics, trade, and culture. Viewing this age of empires through the lens of the Hajj puts it into a different perspective, by focusing on how increasing European dominance of the globe in pre-colonial
and colonial times was entangled with Muslim religious action, mobility, and agency. The study of Europe’s connections with the Hajj therefore tests the hypothesis that the concept of agency is not limited to isolated parts of the globe. By adopting the “tools of empires,” the Hajj, in itself a global activity, would become part of global and trans-cultural history.

With contributions by: Aldo D’Agostini; Josep Lluís Mateo Dieste; Ulrike Freitag; Mahmood Kooria; Michael Christopher Low; Adam Mestyan; Umar Ryad; John Slight and Bogusław R. Zagórski.

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Bibliographical references:

Ryad, Umar. 2016 (eds): The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age. Brill.

Kooria, Mahmood. 2016: “Killed the pilgrims and persecuted them with all kinds of cruelties”: Portuguese Estado da India’s encounters with the Hajj in the sixteenth century. In: Ryad, Umar. 2016 (eds): The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age. Brill. pp. 14-46

Low, Michael Christopher. 2016: “The Infidel Piloting the True Believer”: Thomas Cook and the business of the colonial Hajj. In: Ryad, Umar. 2016 (eds): The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age. Brill. pp. 47-80

Slight, John. 2016: British colonial knowledge and the Hajj in the Age of Empire. In: Ryad, Umar. 2016 (eds): The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age. Brill. pp. 81-111

D’Agostini, Aldo. 2016: French Policy and the Hajj in late-nineteenth-century Algeria: Governor Cambon’s reform attempts and Jules Gervais-Courtellemont’s pilgrimage to Mecca. In: Ryad, Umar. 2016 (eds): The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age. Brill. pp. 112-141

Freitag, Ulrike. 2016: Heinrich Freiherr von Maltzan’s “My Pilgrimage to Mecca”: A critical investigation. In: Ryad, Umar. 2016 (eds): The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age. Brill. pp. 142-154

Zagórski, Bogusław R.. 2016: Polish connections to the Hajj in the nineteenth century: Mystical and imaginary travels to Mecca and the Polish cultural tradition. In: Ryad, Umar. 2016 (eds): The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age. Brill. pp. 155-184

Ryad, Umar. 2016: On his donkey to the Mountain of ʿArafāt: Dr. Van der Hoog and his Hajj journey to Mecca. In: Ryad, Umar. 2016 (eds): The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age. Brill. pp. 185-216

Mestyan, Adam. 2016: “I Have To Disguise Myself”: Orientalism, Gyula Germanus, and pilgrimage as cultural capital, 1935–1965. In: Ryad, Umar. 2016 (eds): The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age. Brill. pp. 217-239

Dieste, Josep Lluís Mateo. 2016: Franco’s North African pilgrims after WWII: The Hajj through the Eyes of a Spanish colonial officer (1949). In: Ryad, Umar. 2016 (eds): The Hajj and Europe in the Pre-Colonial and Colonial Age. Brill. pp. 240-264