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The Destruction of Mecca

Ziauddin Sardar
Ziauddin Sardar writes on the destruction of Mecca and its transformation from a holy and historical site into an ahistorical consumerist zone.

Mecca: The Sacred City by Ziauddin Sardar, book review: Ancient rites sit beside new frills

When the British writer and explorer Richard Francis Burton accompanied a caravan to Mecca in 1853, he described the feelings of many Muslims on their first visit to the capital of Islam. In Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to al-Madinah and ...