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Jeddah: Old and New - James Buchan

Stacey, 1980, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ.

Illustrated with colour photographs. Jeddah in the last quarter of the twentieth (Gregorian) century – or the first quarter of the fifteenth Hijra century – is a phenomenon. It is an ancient Arabian city, and the core of it is, to this day, traditionally Arab: a highly compact complex of fine nineteenth century merchants’ houses, mosques, schools and humbler dwellings, deep shaded alleys and a labyrinth of markets and walkways, with the history of its indigenous inhabitants written on every fanlight and corbel, lattice and balcony, dome and minaret. Jeddah has traditionally been the commercial centre of Saudi Arabia. At the same time, ever since the foundation of Islam fourteen Hijra centuries ago, it has been the arrival and assembly point every year for Muslims from all over the world closing in upon Holy Mecca on the greatest journey of their lives. The hajj pilgrimage.

Size: 12¼" x 10½"
Number of Pages: 144
ISBN: 0905743229

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