A Season in Mecca

A Season in Mecca
by Abdellah Hammoudi

Typically, the study of religion and of religious experience itself are two separate phenomena. The encounter with the sacred touches a person’s core being, while its assessment in secular terms seeks to define it without commitment. What happens, then, when a Princeton anthropologist undertakes one of the fundamental duties of Islam, a pilgrimage to Mecca? In this account of his own hajj, Abdellah Hammoudi breaks down the boundaries...

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