(0) items

Note: Supplemental materials are not guaranteed with Rental or Used book purchases.
The Longest Journey Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca,9780195308280
This item qualifies for

Your order must be $59 or more, you must select US Postal Service Shipping as your shipping preference, and the "Group my items into as few shipments as possible" option when you place your order.

Bulk sales, PO's, Marketplace Items, eBooks, Apparel, and DVDs not included.

The Longest Journey Southeast Asians and the Pilgrimage to Mecca



Pub. Date:
Oxford University Press
List Price: $122.66

Buy New Textbook

Usually Ships in 3-5 Business Days

Rent Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out

Used Textbook

We're Sorry
Sold Out


We're Sorry
Not Available

More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $69.09

Questions About This Book?

What version or edition is this?

This is the edition with a publication date of 4/12/2013.

What is included with this book?

  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.


The pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, has been a yearly phenomenon of great importance in Muslim lands for well over one thousand years. Each year, millions of pilgrims from throughout the Dar al-Islam, or Islamic world, stretching from Morocco east to Indonesia, make the trip to Mecca as one ofthe five pillars of their faith. Records for this practice show that the majority of pilgrims in Islam's earliest centuries came from surrounding polities, such as Syria, Egypt, and Iraq. Yet by the end of the nineteenth century, and the beginning of the twentieth, fully half of all pilgrims makingthe journey in any one year could come from Southeast Asia. This is astonishing because of the distances traveled; sailing ships, and later huge steamers as described in Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim, plodded across the length of the Indian Ocean to disgorge pilgrims on Arabian docks. Yet the hugenumbers of Southeast Asian pilgrims may be even more phenomenal if one thinks of the spiritual distances traveled. The variants of Islam practiced in Southeast Asia have traditionally been seen as syncretic, making the effort, expense, and meaning of undertaking the Hajj hugely important in local life. Millions of Southeast Asians, from Southern Thailand into Malaysia and Singapore, from Indonesia up throughBrunei and the Southern Philippines, have now made this voyage. More undertake it every year. The movement of Islam in global spaces has become a topic of interest to states, scholars, and the educated reading public for many reasons. The Hajj is still the single largest transmission variant ofMuslim ideologies and fraternity in the modern world. This book attempts to write an overarching history of the Hajj from Southeast Asia, encompassing very early times all the way up until the present.

Author Biography

Eric Tagliocozzo is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, Cornell University. He is the author of Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States along a Southeast Asian Frontier, 1865-1915

Table of Contents

Part I: Charting the Hajj over the Centuries
1. Ancient Footsteps: Southeast Asia's Earliest Muslim Pilgrims
2. Mecca's Tidal Pull: The Red Sea and Its Worlds
3. Financing Devotion: The Economics of the Pre-Moden Hajj
4. Sultanate and Crescent: Religion and Politics in the Indian Ocean

Part II: The Hajj through Four Colonial Windows
5. In Conrad's Wake: Lord Jim, the "Patna," and the Hajj
6. A Medical Mountain: Health Maintenance and Disease Control on the Hajj
7. The Skeptic's Eye: Snouck Hurgronje and the Politics of Pilgrimage
8. The Jeddah Consulates: Colonial Espionage in the Hejaz

Part III Making the Hajj "Modern"
9. Regulating the Flood: The Hajj and the Independent Nation-State
10. On the Margins of Islam: Hajjis from Outside Southeast Asia's "Islamic Arc"
11. "I was the Guest of Allah": Hajj Memoirs and Writings from Southeast Asia
12. Remembering Devotion: Oral History and the Pilgrimage

Please wait while the item is added to your cart...