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'Personal Narrative of a pilgrimmage to Al-Madinah and Meccah. Vol. I' [‎416] (489/564)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (436 pages). It was created in 1898. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Printed Collections.


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On the morning of Sunday, the twenty-third Zu 'l
Ka'adah (28th August, 1853), arrived from Al-Sham, or
Damascus, 1 the great Caravan popularly called Hajj al-
Shami, the "Damascus pilgrimage," as the Egyptian
Cafila A train of travellers; a caravan; or any large party of travellers. is Al-Misri, 2 or the Cairo pilgrimage. It is the
main stream which carries off all the small cur
rents that, at this season of general movement, flow from
Central Asia towards the great centre of the Islamitic
world, and in 1853 it amounted to about seven thousand
souls. The arrival was anxiously expected by the people
for several reasons. In the first place, it brought with it
a new curtain for the Prophet's Hujrah, the old one
being in a tattered condition; secondly, it had charge of
the annual stipends and pensions of the citizens; and
thirdly, many families expected members returning under
its escort to their homes. The popular anxiety was
greatly increased by the disordered state of the
country round about; and, moreover, the great caravan
had been one day late, generally arriving on the morning
of the twenty-second Zu'l Ka'adah. 8
1 This city derives its names, the " Great Gate of Pilgrimage,"
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place of this caravan.
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Personal Narrative of a pilgrimmage to Al-Madinah and Meccah. Vol. I by Captain Sir Richard F Burton, edited by his wife, Isabel Burton, with an introduction bu Stanley Lane-Poole.

Publication Details: London, George Bell and Sons.

Edition: The third edition with preface.

Physical Description: initial Roman numeral pagination (i-xxx).

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1 volume (436 pages)

This volume contains a table of contents giving chapter headings and page references. There is also a list of illustrations.

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Dimensions: 185mm x 110mm

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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