Mekka in the Latter Part of the 19th Century. Daily Life, Customs and Learning. The Moslims of the East-Indian-Archipelago.

Hurgronje, Christiaan Snouck.

Book ID: 7641


8vo. vi, 309 pp., [2 errata], 2 maps of which one is folding, 20 b/w photographic illustrations, translated by J. H. Monahan, contemporary Hard Back Binding, biblio, index, light foxing to outer edges, otherwise copy inside clean & in very good condition, E. J. Brill, Leiden, & Luzac & Co. London, first English edition, 1931.


The author was a professor of the Arabic language in the University of Leiden. He travelled to Arabia in 1884-85, and had the opportunity to live in Mecca for six months and in Jeddah for another six months. The book is divided into four large chapters, dealing respectively with daily life, family life, learning and the Jâwah in Mecca. Each chapter is illustrated with several photographs, mostly portraits, depicting among others a physician, a merchant with his slave, a bride and groom, pilgrims and the doorkeeper of the Kaaba, and also including a view of the Masjid al-Haram Mosque. The book ends with an index and two maps, one showing Mecca. During his travels Hurgronje took many pictures of the holy city and its inhabitants, which made him the first western photographer in the city. In 1888 he published two volumes in German entitled Mekka describing his travels, to which a Bilder-atlas zu Mekka was added in 1888.
Bibliographic references: Cf. Fück 231; OCLC 1088989.

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