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The Jâwah

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The Dutch government is unjustly criticised for protecting as far as possible the interests of Dutch steamship companies, and for thus indirectly encouraging the increase of the Pilgrims, feared as fanatical hajjis. This chapter deals much farther on with this conclusion; for the moment the chapter emphasizes that the only consequence of the withdrawal of the Government support would be that the ships might be shouldered out of the traffic but that the volume of pilgrim traffic would not be reduced. Although the period in which Jâwah pilgrims could be counted annually in thousands may be very recent, a fairly active traffic has certainly endured over two centuries. The Mekkans, whose trade demands practical studies in psychology, did not need so long a time to learn the characteristics of the Jâwah in general as also of the various branches of this family of people.

Keywords: Dutch government; Hajj; Islam; Jâwah; Mekka; pilgrimage



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