Six Months in Meccah: An Account of The Mohammedan Pilgrimage to Meccah. Recently Accomplished by an Englishman Professing Mohammedanism.


Book ID: 23830


8vo. [4], 212 pp., half-title, original green gilt illustrated cloth, title gilt on spine, professionally rebacked, previous owner’s inscription at top of half-title page, occasional foxing, mainly to end leaves, otherwise copy in good condition, Tinsley Brothers, London, first edition, 1881.


John Fryer Keane visited Mecca and Medina disguised as a Muslim with the company of an Indian Ameer between 1877 – 78, and thus all difficulties facing him in reaching the two holy cities were smoothed away.
A detailed description is given by Keane to the influx of pilgrims and the religious ceremonies, and an insight on the social and economic life in Hijaz in the second part of the 19th century. But the most astonishing of Keane’s adventures was the discovery of an English woman resident in Mecca. Keane describes his several secret meeting with her. On his return to England, he provided information about the woman to the Foreign Office. Instructions were immediately sent to the British Consul at Jeddah to make inquiries through secret agents. She was later traced in India, and Keane tells her full story.
Bibliographic references: Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 1347; Howgego III, K4; Weber I, 819; Fück 197; OCLC 2698374; Christians at Mecca, pp. 204 – 222.

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