The Author in Pilgrim Dress

 


PILGRIMAGE to MECCA

The first Englishwoman to Perform the Hajj

 

By:
 Lady Evelyn (Zeinab) Cobbold
 

 

LONDON:     First Edition  1934

 

 

Publisher/Year: LONDON, John Murray, First Edition 1934.
Binding: Original Cloth Hardcover, 20x14.5 cm.
Pages: 260
Illustrations: 19 photo illustrations, 1 map.

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Lady Evelyn Cobbold  (1900-1900)

The first Englishwoman to perform the hajj, Lady Evelyn Cobbold, described in 1934 the feelings pilgrims experience during the wuquf at 'Arafat. "It would require a master pen to describe the scene, poignant in its intensity, of that great concourse of humanity of which I was one small unit, completely lost to their surroundings in a fervor of religious enthusiasm. Many of the pilgrims had tears streaming down their cheeks; others raised their faces to the starlit sky that had witnessed this drama so often in the past centuries. The shining eyes, the passionate appeals, the pitiful hands outstretched in prayer moved me in a way that nothing had ever done before, and I felt caught up in a strong wave of spiritual exaltation. I was one with the rest of the pilgrims in a sublime act of complete surrender to the Supreme Will which is Islam."

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ORIGINAL 1934 FIRST EDITION

Extremely Scarce & Hard to Find
 

FASCINATING ACCOUNT

of   PILGRIM to MRCCA

With Many
Photograph Illustrations
from about 80 Years Ago


From Preface ...

WHEN Lady Evelyn Cobbold asked me if I would write a foreword to the account of her pilgrimage to Mecca I felt both honoured and eager to comply. It is a very gratifying and pleasant duty to sponsor such an interesting and memorable record into the intelligent reading world.
    As pilgrims, all of us, in what Bunyan calls "the wilderness of this world" this intimate and vivid description of the Hadj cannot fail to interest everyone. To Moslems it will be both interesting and instructive as recording the impression which the carrying out of the sacred duty of Hadj has produced on the first Moslem Englishwoman to perform it. To all internationally-minded, thinking people, this book will be welcome as the portrayal at first hand and from so agreeable a pen, of the Hadj, its significance, its rites and ceremonies, and their meaning and history, to say nothing of the journey and the customs and way of life in Arabia. 

                                        H.E. Sheikh Hafiz Wahba,
Sa'udi Arabian Minister in London

 

I AM often asked when and why I became a Moslem. I can only reply that I do not know the precise moment when the truth of Islam dawned on me. It seems that I have always been a Moslem. This is not so strange when one remembers that Islam is the natural religion that a child left to itself would develop. Indeed, as a Western critic once described it, "Islam is the religion of common sense."
    The word "Islam" means surrender to God. It also means peace. A Moslem is one who is "in harmony with the Decrees of the Author of This World," one who has made his peace with God and His creatures.
    Islam is based on two fundamental truths, on the Oneness of God and on the Brotherhood of Man, and is entirely free of any encumbrances of theological dogma. Above everything else, it is a positive faith. ....


H.R.H. Emir Faisal, Viceroy of the Hedjaz


Contents ...

Forward

Chapter

Jeddah

Medina I

Medina II

Mecca I

Mecca II

Index


H.M. King Ibn Sa'ud with three of his Sons and his Minister in London


Illustrations ...

  • The Author in Pilgrim Dress

  • General Map

  • Beit el Baghdadi (Mr. Philby's House)

  • Market Place, Jeddah

  • Mecca Gate, Jeddah

  • H.R.H. Emir Faisal, Viceroy of the Hedjaz

  • Bab Es-Salam (Door of Peace), the Prophet's Mosque, Medina

  • Medina, showing Wall

  • Kibla of Osman, The Prophet's Mosque, Medina

  • Jebel en-Nur on way to Mecca

  • Pillars marking Limit of Sacred Territory

  • The Kaaba

  • Mecca from the Hills

  • H.M. King Ibn Sa'ud with three of his Sons and his Minister in London

  • Corner of the Great Mosque, Mecca, showing the Congregation standing in Prayer

  • Gate of Aly in  the Great Mosque, Mecca

  • Mosque of El Khreif at MŁna

  • View from Mosque of Koba outside Medina

  • Arafaat with Jebel Rahma (the Hill of Mercy)

  • The "Ikhwan" at Arafaat in silent prayer on their Camels


The Kaaba
 

Bab Es-Salam (Door of Peace), the Prophet's Mosque, Medina
 

Medina, showing Wall
 

Beit el Baghdadi (Mr. Philby's House)
 

Mecca from the Hills
 

Corner of the Great Mosque, Mecca, showing the Congregation standing in Prayer
 

Mecca Gate, Jeddah
 

Mosque of El Khreif at MŁna
 

Arafaat with Jebel Rahma (the Hill of Mercy)
 

The "Ikhwan" at Arafaat in silent prayer on their Camels
 

Market Place, Jeddah


Condition ...

Small white chalk stain on back cover, introduction pages not bound in, otherwise book in very good condition. Extremely rare work.

        

 


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