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Muslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World$
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Babak Rahimi and Peyman Eshaghi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651460

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651460.001.0001

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Sacrifice and Pilgrimage

Sacrifice and Pilgrimage

Body Politics and the Origins of Muslim Pilgrimage

(p.49) Chapter One Sacrifice and Pilgrimage
Muslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World

Brannon Wheeler

University of North Carolina Press

The author tries to find the origins of pilgrimage to Mecca in the pre-Islam era. Focusing on the pre-Islamic practices that linked pilgrimage, sacrifice, and visitation of the dead in the Arabian Peninsula, he refers to the graves of Mecca and explains the early Muslim pilgrimage. By referring to the ideas of cosmogony and eschatology, he shows how the mythological and ritual character of the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca makes it so central and significant to Muslim identity and history.

Keywords:   Muslim pilgrimage, Hajj, Ziyara, Graves of Mecca, pre-Islam, ritual, cosmogony, eschatology

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