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This front matter section of the book Mekka in the Latter Part of the 19th Century contains the table of contents, foreword, an explanation of the groundplan and the introduction. The book contains a summary of topographical description of Mekka and a complete history of the Holy City from the time of Muhammad until 1885 AD. It focuses on the public and private life of the Meccans, of the traditional educational system in the Great Mosque, and, last but not least, of the life of the Jāwah colony in Mecca. The book not only describes the pilgrimage and its ritual in a historical perspective, but it also addresses the question how and why the Prophet Muḥammad had incorporated this pre-Islamic, basically pagan, ritual of the pilgrimage into his new religion.

Keywords: Jāwah colony; Mekka; Moslims; Mosque; Prophet Muḥammad



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