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.

In paperback


100 in stock

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.

Dimensions 23 × 15.3 cm





2 May 2008


Sultān Ghālib al-Qu‘aitī


Medina Publishing