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Daily Life In Mekka

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This chapter first considers an important element of the population, an element which from time immemorial has been entering the town in masses and has been both physically and morally of the greatest importance in the formation of the Mekka type or rather types: the author means the always unwilling immigrants from Africa and the Caucasus, the slaves, who have of late been again so much talked about. Then, it discusses how in Mekka the whole social life finds its central point in the Hajj. The solar year is remembered only in relation to the slight change in temperature. To complete the insight into the social relations and activities of the Mekkans, the chapter looks through the lunar calendar and linger a moment at each noteworthy point.

Keywords: God; Hajj; lunar calendar; Mekka; mosque; pilgrim; social life



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