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Medieval Routes to Mecca : A Study of the Darb Zubaidah Pilgrim Trail - (Hardcover)
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This fascinating account draws upon the exhaustive research contained in Dr Saad Al-Rashid's doctorate on the subject, and will make a significant contribution to the wider understanding of the Hajj pilgrimage. The Darb Zubaida is a large format photographic book drawing on the major historical photographic archives (such as the Royal Geographical Society in London) and from private photographic collections, both recent and contemporary.
This large format illustrated reference is the only mainstream history of the Darb Zubaidah?the early Muslim pilgrim trails to Mecca and Medina coming down from Iraq. Established during the Abbasid Caliphate, this desert route brought travelers in their hundreds of thousands down from Kufa for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.
A unique work of scholarship enlivened by illustrations, charts and maps.
Professor Saad Al-Rashid is a leading Saudi scholar on the early Abbasid period of history and works on archaeological sites across the trail.