An appreciation of a powerful cultural and religious phenomenon, this beautiful book draws on the firsthand accounts of historians and travellers, many of them eyewitnesses, to breathe life into the scenarios described. A spectacular photo essay by the granddaughter of the late King Faisal, Princess Reem Faisal, is also included.
The Holy Cities, the Pilgrimage and the World of Islam
Tracing the history behind the rise of the Islamic world’s great pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina, this account proceeds from the earliest traditions to the fall of the Ottoman Empire. From there the discussion turns to the short-lived Hashemite Kingdom and the establishment of the writ of the Saud over the two Holy Cities in 1925.
Sultān Ghālib al-Qu‘aitī was educated at Millfield School and Magdalen College Oxford, Magdalene College Cambridge and SOAS. He holds Honours Degrees in Oriental Studies and Arabian Studies.
The last Sultan of Hadramaut (the Qu‘aitī State), he has always pursued his love of history, literature and current events while writing, aiding post-graduate scholars and translating. His last major work ‘The Holy Cities, the Pilgrimage and the World of Islam – a History from the Earliest Traditions till 1925 ’ was published in 2006 and described as a ‘unique, ground-breaking book’.