This rare and detailed account of the Hajj was written by an Egyptian doctor, who went on the pilgrimage to Mecca from 1888 and 1894. In his introduction, Soubhy compares his account of the Hajj to those by Europeans that he alleges are more or less fantasies of questionable authority and strewn with errors. Some of the photographs are after Sadiq Bey (1832-1902), who took the first photographs of Mecca and Medina and Abd al-Ghaffar, the first Arab photographer of Mecca. The photographs show Mecca (4), Medina and Jeddah (3), the Mahmal (2), the Kiswah, Mount Arafat and Muna, portraits of Abbas II of Egypt, the Sharif of Mecca, the Sheikh of the Mosque at Medina and a portrait of the author.
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