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"The hadj is unique among Islam's five pillars. Declaration, prayer, fasting, and alms share an ethical basis. The hadj went beyond them, past society. Its significance is as a turning point, a rite of passage accomplished on two feet. I especially admired the way the sweat and the symbols flowed together.
By an act of imagination and exertion, a spiritual rite of some duration fulfilled a private quest. For all its public aspects the experience was intensely personal. By giving the pilgrim a chance to choose his moment, it provided a service missing in the West since the days of the medieval palmers: it offered a climax to religious life."
Michael Wolfe, "Hadj: An American's Pilgrimage to Mecca," 1993
One of the primary forms of fortune-telling in the Islamic world was bibliomancy, in which people would flip open a book to a random page, plunk down their finger, and then interpret their future based on the image or text they had selected. Sometimes this was done with the Quran, but Persian people in the 1500s and 1600s produced books full of lavishly decorated paintings for the practice.
My #Hajj prep log over on #Substack will feature excerpts from accounts of other #Pilgrimages to #Mecca. These accounts come from the modern era (Malcolm X, for example) all the way back to those made in the first decades after the #Hijra.
To that end, I wondered how many of the #Ummah from al-Andalus made their way to Mecca. I didn't have far to wonder or wander: the first search I made yielded this book, "Peregrinos hispano-musulmanes a la Meca". The non-Muslim publisher managed to misspell the title on the website, but no matter.
I just ordered me a copy and I'm looking forward to reading it, Insha Allah.
Insha Allah, guess who's going to rev up her Substack with ...
A #Hajj 2024 / 1445 preparation log!
ALL kinds of prep will be grist for the mill, not just nerdy gear buys or struggles with the Nusuk app. Photos and pictures will abound, Insha Allah.
And I'll be excerpting and commenting on other Hajj #Memoirs, Insha Allah. They're often fascinating and beautifully written.
Subscriptions are free of charge.
The Venture of Islam, Volume 3: The Gunpowder Empires and Modern Times
In this concluding volume of The Venture of Islam , Hodgson describes the second flowering of Islam: the Safavi, Timuri, and Ottoman empires. The final part of the volume analyzes the widespread Islamic heritage in today's world.
“I don’t know if he did that, but it was a fast way of saying he took #Egypt.” — Ridley Scott
Would have been far more interesting and timely if Ridley Scott hired John Tolan (“Faces of Muhammad”) as an advisor on the life of Napoleon… Juan Cole would have also saved him couple of embarrassing scenes.
“Napoleon had an idealised, bookish, Enlightenment vision of Islam as pure monotheism: indeed, the failure of his Egyptian expedition owed partly to his idea of Islam being quite different from the religion of Cairo’s ulama. Yet Napoleon was not alone in seeing himself as a new Muhammad: Goethe enthusiastically proclaimed that the emperor was the ‘Mahomet der Welt’ (Muhammad of the world), and the French author Victor Hugo portrayed him as a ‘Mahomet d’occident’ (Muhammad of the West). Napoleon himself, at the end of his life, exiled on Saint Helena and ruminating on his defeat, wrote about Muhammad and defended his legacy as a ‘great man who changed the course of history’. Napoleon’s Muhammad, conqueror and lawgiver, persuasive and charismatic, resembles Napoleon himself – but a Napoleon who was more successful, and certainly never exiled to a cold windswept island in the South Atlantic.”
Muhammad: an anticlerical hero of the European Enlightenment
Juan Cole on Ridley Scott's depiction of Napoleon in Egypt
See also (French):
John Tolan - Le Coran de Napoléon: https://mediaserver.univ-nantes.fr/videos/john-tolan-le-coran-de-napoleon/
Napoléon, ce nouveau prophète !
📗 The book “Portuguese Colonialism and Islam. Mozambique and Guinea, 1930 –1974: From Repression to Religious Seduction”, authored by Mário Machaqueiro, will be presented by Susana Trovão (CRIA) and Pedro Aires Oliveira (IHC) on the 15th of November.
When the expert has the greatest family name.
📗 Liverpool University Press published the latest book authored by Mário Machaqueiro: “Portuguese Colonialism and Islam. Mozambique and Guinea, 1930 –1974: From Repression to Religious Seduction”.
Highly recommended for students of comparative #religion: