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Guests of GodPilgrimage and Politics in the Islamic World$
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Robert R. Bianchi

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195171071.001.0001

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What Is the Hajj and How Does Anyone Survive It?

What Is the Hajj and How Does Anyone Survive It?

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(p.7) 1 What Is the Hajj and How Does Anyone Survive It?
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Guests of God
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Robert R. Bianchi (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195171071.003.0002

The hajj is a grueling and perilous march. Even the most self-reliant pilgrims realize that being closer to God also brings them closer to death, and the ones most likely to survive are those who help one another. The hajj works because of the good sense and mutual support of the pilgrims, not because of the staggering resources their governments marshal to assist and control them. The decisive factor is the pilgrims’ self-control and mutual cooperation. When they pull together they usually muddle through the thousands of breakdowns in order and services confronting them each day, but when they fall apart, nothing else really matters and no one can save them from disaster.

Keywords:   operation, self-control, mutual support, disaster, death, help

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