Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al Madinah and Meccah

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Asian Educational Services, 1994 - History - 914 pages
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 2.3 inches Product Description This is the fascinating account of the travel of discovery and exploration by the famous English explorer Richard Burton. In an attempt to breach the Islamic barrier Burton assumed the guise of a Persian wanderer to travel through the jealously guarded holy cities of Arabia. He was the first Englishman to reach the holy cities of Mecca and Median and gave minute description of the cities and country side that he traveled through. Starting from Cairo in 1853 he made his way to Medina via Snez, Yambu and Bir Abbas. In Medina he describes the prophet's tomb and its history. From Medina he traveled to Mecca and visited and the Kaba and performed the Umra - the lesser pilgrimage. The book is in two volumes and has 47 illustrations.
 

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Ironically, for this second volume describes the achievement of Burton's quest--that is, his entry into Medina and Mecca--I found it not as stirring as Volume 1. This from the perspective of someone ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
1
The Nile Steamboat The Little Asth
29
Life in the Wakalah
41
The Mosque
90
Preparations to Quit Cairo
115
From Cairo to Suez
141
CHAPTER PAGE XI To Yambu
207
The Halt at Yambu
225
Through the Suburb of AlMadinah to Hámids House
285
A Visit to the Prophets Tomb
304
Plan of the Harím or the Prophets Mosque
305
Plan of the Hujrah
316
Plan of the Three Tombs
324
An Essay towards the History of the Prophets Mosque
343
AlMadinah
376
View of AlMadinah to face
377

The Face Veil
229
An Arab Shaykh in his Travelling Dress to face
235
From Yambu to Bir Abbás
243
The Jambiyah
248
From Bir Abbás to AlMadinah
264
ALMADINAH
281
Musalla alNabi the Prophets Place
396
A Ride to the Mosque of Kuba
398
The Visitation of Hamzahs Tomb
416
The Takhtrawan to face
418
Plan of Hamzahs Mosque
428
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Richard Francis Burton 1821-1890 Sir Richard Burton, the explorer, adventurer, translator, and student of Eastern sexual customs, was born in Torquay, England. He received an irregular education, which included an expulsion from Oxford University. In 1842 Burton enlisted in army of the East India Company and went to India, where he learned the Persian, Hindustani, Afghan, and Arabic languages. Burton was the first European to reach Harar, the religious capital of Somaliland. He was the discoverer of Lake Tanganyika and explored in the Congo, the Cameroons, Dahomey, and Brazil. He was a pioneer ethnologist and anthropologist. Burton was a linguist of dazzling ability, speaking 29 languages and 11 dialects. He wrote 43 books on his travels and two volumes of poetry. In addition to translating The Arabian Nights, he translated six volumes of Portuguese literature, two volumes of Latin poetry, and four volumes of Neapolitan, African, and Hindu folklore. Burton, together with Forster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot, created The Kama Shastra Society to print and circulate books that would be illegal to publish in public. This society fulfilled his ability to write about his deep interest in sexuality. Best known in this vein is his translation of The Kama Sutra, printed by the society in 1883. He was working on an English translation from the French edition of the arabic erotic guide called The Perfumed Garden. His manuscript entitled The Scented Garden was burned after his death by his wife, Isabel Arundel. It is rumored that Burton wanted this book to be published after his death to provide an income for Isabel, but she destroyed it in an effort to preserve his reputation. Burton died of a heart attack on October 20, 1890. Both Burton and his wife are buried in a tomb that is shaped like a Bedouin tent, designed by Isabel. The tomb is in St. Mary Magdalen's Roman Catholic Church Mortlake, southwestern London.

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