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Journey to the holy land : a pilgrim's diary /
Amir Ahmad Alawi ; translated, and with an introduction, by Mushirul Hasan, Rakhshanda Jalil.
imprint
New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2009
description
271 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0198063466, 9780198063469
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imprint
New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2009
isbn
0198063466
9780198063469
general note
Translated from Urdu.
abstract
Author's impressions of his Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 1929.
language note
English; includes passages in Persian and Urdu.
catalogue key
7019376
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Amir Ahmad Alawi's Safar-i Sa'adat (Propitious Journey) is a firsthand account of the quintessentially Muslim journey, the Hajj. Written in the form of a daily diary, the work is as much a personal narrative of lamentation and triumph as a masterful portrait of the times.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is an English translation of Amir Ahmad Alvi's Safar-i-Saadat, an intimate account of the quintessentially Muslim journey, the hajj.
Library of Congress Summary
Author's impressions of his Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 1929.
Main Description
This is the first English translation of Amir Ahmad Alawi's Safar-i-Saadat, an intimate account of the quintessentially Muslim journey, the hajj. While focusing on the soul-stirring effects of his first hajj, Alawi also catches the anomalies of Saudi life, especially the malpractices,monopolies, and misdeeds that had crept in the name of commerce. Not only an intimate account of what the individual saw and heard in the course of his travel, the work also records the author's candid commentaries on the social, economic, and political conditions of the places he passed through.The narrative, interspersed with Urdu verses, displays great poetic energy and inherent skill of word-play kept alive by the author's talent of handling comic scenes and expressing ridicule, especially, while referring to colonial officials. A detailed Introduction by Mushirul Hasan and Rakhshanda Jalil, while describing the well-known customs and practices associated with hajj, explores the geo-political situation of Hijaz and the battle for political ascendancy of the House of Saud, to place Alawi's account in perspective. The volumealso includes a special piece, 'My Experience of the Hajj of 1916' by J.S. Kadri, information on movement of ships meant for Hajj passengers of 1929, and a glossary. Introduced and translated for the first time, this book will be of immense value to students and teachers of South Asian history,culture, and literature, as well as general readers interested in travel writing.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Origins, Journeys and Return Hajj in Colonial Indiap. 1
'My Experience of the Hajj of 1916'p. 71
Table showing details of pilgrim ships during the outward season of 1929p. 79
Table showing details of pilgrim ships during the return season of 1929p. 82
Safar-I-Sa'adat Propitious Journeyp. 87
Select List of Urdu Publications on the Hajjp. 261
Glossaryp. 262
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