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Pilgrimage, Politics, and Pestilence: The Haj from the Indian Subcontinent, 1860-1920

Saurabh Mishra

Abstract

This book studies the organization and meanings of the Haj from India during colonial times and analyses it from political, commercial, and medical perspectives — between 1860, the year of the first outbreak of cholera epidemic in Mecca, and 1920, when the subject of holy places of Islam became a powerful political symbol in the Indian subcontinent. Contrary to the general belief about colonial policy of non-intervention into religious subjects, it is argued that the state, in fact, kept a close watch on the pilgrimage. The book examines the ‘medicalization’ of Mecca through cholera outbreaks ... More

Keywords: Haj, pilgrimage, Mecca, medical policy, disease definitions, spiritual experiences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198070603
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070603.001.0001

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Saurabh Mishra, author

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