One Thousand Roads to Mecca by Michael Wolfe
Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing About the Muslim Pilgrimage

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The Hadj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, has long been a central tenet of the Muslim religion and has, as well, fascinated Western adventures enchanted by the holy city's mystery and hostility toward nonbelievers. One Thousand Roads to Mecca collects significant texts from the last ten centuries by writers from the East and West including Ibn Battuta, whose Travels is the most famous adventure book of Arabic literature; Ali Bey al-Abbasi, a nineteenth-century Spanish Muslim; Sir Richard Burton, who daringly entered the city in disguise; and Malcolm X. Part travelogue, part history, part holy literature, this diverse anthology will appeal to anyone interested in one of the most influential cities in human history.
 

About Michael Wolfe

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Michael Wolfe is the author of books of poetry, fiction, travel and history. His most recent works are a pair of books from Grove Press on the pilgrimage to Mecca: "The Hadj, a first-person travel account and "One Thousand Roads to Mecca, an anthology of 10 centuries of travelers writing about the Muslim pilgrimage. In 1997, Wolfe hosted a televised account of the "Hadj from Mecca for "Nightline on ABC. He is currently at work on a four-hour television documentary on the life and times of the Prophet Muhammad. He lives in California.
 
Published June 1, 1997 by Grove Pr. 620 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Travel, History. Non-fiction

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