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  • Hardcover
  • 539 pages
  • A Secret Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina
  • Richard Francis Burton
  • English
  • 28 January 2018

10 thoughts on “A Secret Pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina

  1. Yann Yann says:

    Ce livre est la traduction d extraits des crits de Richard Francis Burton, un explorateur anglais du XIX eme si cle, aventurier dou pour les langues et dot d un temp rament courageux et railleur Dans cet ouvrage, il est question du voyage haut en couleur qu il effectue pour accomplir le Hadj, p lerinage sur les lieu saints de l Islam l poque sous domination Ottomane N tant pas lui m me musulman, mais maitrisant parfaitement plusieurs langues orientales, il se d guise au d part de l Angl Ce livre est la traduction d extraits des crits de Richard Francis Burton, un explorateur anglais du XIX eme si cle, aventurier dou pour les langues et dot d un temp rament courageux et railleur Dans cet ouvrage, il est question du voyage haut en couleur qu il effectue pour accomplir le Hadj, p lerinage sur les lieu saints de l Islam l poque sous domination Ottomane N tant pas lui m me musulman, mais maitrisant parfaitement plusieurs langues orientales, il se d guise au d part de l Angleterre, et se fait passer en gypte pour un Afghan Le voyage est loin d tre de tout repos, principalement du fait que la route, par la mer ou travers le d sert, est peu s re Ce n est pas sans rappeler les histoires des p lerins sur le chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle qui doivent bien souvent faire les frais de coquins.Le r cit est passionnant, et outre son caract re testimonial, l auteur fait preuve d humour et de sang froid britannique dans les situations de danger, ce qui rajoute du sel sa narration En se liant la foule bigarr e des p lerins, en partageant leurs peines et leurs preuves, il a l occasion de les pratiquer, et donne ainsi une infinit d indications sur les m urs et leurs caract res dans des portraits sans pr jug s ni complaisance, mais fond s sur l observation et l exp rience La description des lieux saints ne manque pas de grandeur, et il ne voile ni le bien, ni le mal qu il pense de ce qu il voit C est aussi l occasion de s impr gner du contexte politique de l poque et de la r gion, o le w hhabisme est en rivalit avec d autres courants dans la p ninsule arabique, et dont le penchant iconoclaste fait du tort aux activit s des cit s r put s pour leurs pr tendus vestiges Une lecture aussi passionnante qu instructive, mais aussi une rencontre avec auteur qui est c l br pour sa maitrise des langues orientales et ses traductions


  2. Jim Jim says:

    My birthday present from my wife It s a huge tome attitudes, customs, everyday life from this area in 1851 This is before the Suez Canal was dug, b My birthday present from my wife It s a huge tome really nice, so I hate to schlep it about in my lunch box I m going to alternate reading it at home with the audio edition It s 30 hours, free from Librivox of varied quality It s nice to back this up with real book even an ebook available from Archive.org here It s a really long book often dwells on trivia Much of it is interesting attitudes, customs, everyday life from this area in 1851 This is before the Suez Canal was dug, but there is mention of it a bit about the arguments for against Burton is not shy about mentioning where the British Empire is wrong His trials to get a visa as a native were quite frustrating.In chapter 6, The Mosque , he starts getting too detailed for me His observations on the architecture were interesting, but he goes into the education studies of the religion language derivation far too much for me I m not knocking him for it By some accounts, he spoke 29 languages he s passing as a native in order to get into Mecca, a city closed to outsiders He has to know all this he s right to share it It s just TMI for me, so I m skimming some.He has an uncanny knack for understatementmounted on wretched donkeys with pack saddles, ignorant of stirrups, and without tails, whilst we ourselves suffered generally from boils, which, as usual upon a journey, make their appearance in localities the most inconvenient. If you ve ever suffered a rising in a tender spot yet been forced to ride, you ll get this If not, look up the perineum issues bicyclists have today then imagine these issues with the poor hygiene lack of germ theory.Burton seems a lot better than most of his time station He s certainly not politically correct by the standards of his own age or ours, but some reviews of this book ding him for his prejudices IMO, he s earned his right to them He s well educated by his curiosity has gained his knowledge through first hand experience that does lead to general observations of various peoples He is quick to point out exceptions where he was wrong One of the overriding themes seems to be just how useless the men are that he s hanging around with They don t do much save for smoke, drink coffee, talk They spend far too much time on trivial, worthless religious stuff, too It s really ridiculous how their whole society revolves around a fantasy.It s LONG I increasingly skimmed skipped after the first third or so Too much repetitive detail


  3. Aurelia Aurelia says:

    Ce que j ai trouv int ressant dans ce livre, ce n ai pas sa narration, ni la nouveaut de ce qu il raconte,puisque d autres europ en ont d j accompli le hadj avant le capitaine burton,mais plut t tous les aspects politiques et sociaux, relatifs au contexte historique de cette p riode.Il est toujours fascinant de voir comment les peuple de cette r gion vivaient a cette poque, surtout dans le contexte d aujourdhui,ou on ne parle que du fanatisme et des schismes et guerre entre diff rentes sect Ce que j ai trouv int ressant dans ce livre, ce n ai pas sa narration, ni la nouveaut de ce qu il raconte,puisque d autres europ en ont d j accompli le hadj avant le capitaine burton,mais plut t tous les aspects politiques et sociaux, relatifs au contexte historique de cette p riode.Il est toujours fascinant de voir comment les peuple de cette r gion vivaient a cette poque, surtout dans le contexte d aujourdhui,ou on ne parle que du fanatisme et des schismes et guerre entre diff rentes sectes.Cette r gion a certes toujours t un lieu de rencontre de gens tr s tr s diff rents, et c est ce que j ai constat e en lisant ce livre, mais a cette poque je pense qu il y avait bcp moins de sensibilit religieuse et sectaire que maintenant


  4. Ciara Houghton Ciara Houghton says:

    Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton s 19th travelogue is simply fascinating In disguise and I m assuming he s accurate in this at great risk to himself, Burton made a pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca His intimate observations of customs, daily life, and travel in a foreign land are the sort that one sees best through the fresh eyes of an outsider, but normally an outsider would be denied that vantage Burton pulled it off, and he did a damned good job of putting it all on paper.I don t care muc Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton s 19th travelogue is simply fascinating In disguise and I m assuming he s accurate in this at great risk to himself, Burton made a pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca His intimate observations of customs, daily life, and travel in a foreign land are the sort that one sees best through the fresh eyes of an outsider, but normally an outsider would be denied that vantage Burton pulled it off, and he did a damned good job of putting it all on paper.I don t care much for Burton himself, but neither did Victorian society If we met in person I d probably consider him as genuinely dangerous as he is morally offensive, but none of that prevents me from appreciating his peculiar sort of genius If you have them, I recommend overlooking any reservations you may have about the man The Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al Madinah and Meccah is too rich a treasure to ignore


  5. Jackson Cyril Jackson Cyril says:

    Much indeed has been written about Burton s travels to Mecca and Medina Much of this has been condemnation from scholars who see in Burton another example of imperialist arrogance These accusations are, to some degree, correct But what is often overlooked is Burton s pursuit to master the languages of the Middle East and South Asia and his eventual mastery of over two dozen of them also overlooked is the genuine curiosity and oftentimes cultural humility that animates this work Burton wa Much indeed has been written about Burton s travels to Mecca and Medina Much of this has been condemnation from scholars who see in Burton another example of imperialist arrogance These accusations are, to some degree, correct But what is often overlooked is Burton s pursuit to master the languages of the Middle East and South Asia and his eventual mastery of over two dozen of them also overlooked is the genuine curiosity and oftentimes cultural humility that animates this work Burton was no Macaulay, passing judgement on all and sundry without careful and deliberate study He approached his subject with the genuine spirit of a scholar and student, spent years studying the cultures and habits of the peoples of the Middle East, observing their rituals, reading their books, mingling among their peoples, interacting with personages both high and low, and it is that curious spirit, that makes this book a riveting as well as an edifying read


  6. Gary Land Gary Land says:

    Burton s Secret Pilgrimage is one of the great travel and adventure stories of the nineteenth century Unbelievers are not allowed to make this pilgrimage but Burton was able to pass as an Indian physician The travel portions were quite interesting, as Burton negotiates with various merchants, camel drivers, caravan leaders, etc and has to make his way through overheated deserts and bandit infested territory Less interesting were the descriptions of visits to the various Muslim shrines in Mec Burton s Secret Pilgrimage is one of the great travel and adventure stories of the nineteenth century Unbelievers are not allowed to make this pilgrimage but Burton was able to pass as an Indian physician The travel portions were quite interesting, as Burton negotiates with various merchants, camel drivers, caravan leaders, etc and has to make his way through overheated deserts and bandit infested territory Less interesting were the descriptions of visits to the various Muslim shrines in Mecca and Medina, but they don t really detract from the book overall


  7. Mehdi Mehdi says:

    Who doesn t want to read about the secret pilgrimage to Mecca made by a British adventurer in the mid 1800s Funded by the Royal Geographic Society, Burton embarks on a voyage through Cairo, Suez, Medine and finally Mecca, which he s one of the first Europeans and Christians to visit Burton s fluent Arabic and prior exposure to the Muslim world allows him to successfully disguise himself throughout his journey Fascinating and deeply entertaining read.


  8. Rob Mcke Rob Mcke says:

    Amazing adventure, inspired me to see the world and experience as much as possible


  9. Esther Esther says:

    Sir Richard Burton was one of the first and one of the few Europeans to do the pilgrimage to Mecca, disguised as an Afghan Moslem He set out in April 1853 and finished his pilgrimage in September, months in which he travelled with Arabs and Egyptians, Syrians, Persians and Turks, sharing their habits and traditions, their fear and joys, their friendship But always with the risk that they might uncover his farce which would have likely meant his death He describes his travels and what he learn Sir Richard Burton was one of the first and one of the few Europeans to do the pilgrimage to Mecca, disguised as an Afghan Moslem He set out in April 1853 and finished his pilgrimage in September, months in which he travelled with Arabs and Egyptians, Syrians, Persians and Turks, sharing their habits and traditions, their fear and joys, their friendship But always with the risk that they might uncover his farce which would have likely meant his death He describes his travels and what he learned from the different cultures in sometimes too lengthy detail The historical information about different places of worship and cities, the description of the landscapes and of the different pilgrims and their status amongst each other is highly interesting, even 160 years later At the same time he sometimes uses a language full of wit and even sarcasm, which sometimes I found too harsh, e g talking about infant Bedouins I willingly parted with a few paras for the purpose of establishing an intercourse with fellow creatures so fearfully and wonderfully resembling the tail less baboon I would have given this read easily 4 stars, only that I read the free download version on Play Books which is missing several pages and is generally a quality not be recommended


  10. Alia Makki Alia Makki says:

    I m currently recording and editing the book s audio version Coming from a third generation mutawwif family, this book touches the deepest vein in my Saudi heritage Yea, I really did put all three words in a single sentence, didn t I Let s do it again and watch the fireworks go off My Saudi Heritage.Wow.The reason why I m reviewing this book is because we re short on Proof Listeners I want to finish all recording files Inshallah before Christmas, and would love if you could lend an ea I m currently recording and editing the book s audio version Coming from a third generation mutawwif family, this book touches the deepest vein in my Saudi heritage Yea, I really did put all three words in a single sentence, didn t I Let s do it again and watch the fireworks go off My Saudi Heritage.Wow.The reason why I m reviewing this book is because we re short on Proof Listeners I want to finish all recording files Inshallah before Christmas, and would love if you could lend an ear while tinkering with the dishes laundry the long drive home A word of precaution, my English is as broken as my Arabic, but you get LOADS of GOOD KARMA for inflating a girl s ego by helping send this project into the IMMORTAL embrace of the public domain Namaste


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About the Author: Richard Francis Burton

Captain Pilgrimage to Mecca and PDF/EPUB ² Sir Pilgrimage to MOBI ò Richard Francis Burton KCMG FRGS was a British geographer, explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures According to one A Secret ePUB ½ count, he spoke European, Asian, and African languagesBurton s best known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights also commonly called The Arabian Nights in English after Andrew Lang s adaptation , bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English, and journeying Secret Pilgrimage to PDF/EPUB ¿ with John Hanning Speke as the first Europeans led by Africa s greatest explorer guide, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, utilizing route information by Indian and Omani merchants who traded in the region, to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile Burton extensively criticized colonial policies to the detriment of his career in his works and letters He was a prolific and erudite author and wrote numerous books and scholarly articles about subjects including human behaviour, travel, falconry, fencing, sexual practices, and ethnography A unique feature of his books is the copious footnotes and appendices containing remarkable observations and unexpurgated informationHe was a captain in the army of the East India Company serving in India and later, briefly, in the Crimean War Following this he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led an expedition guided by the locals and was the first European to see Lake Tanganyika In later life he served as British consul in Fernando Po, Santos, Damascus and, finally, Trieste He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood KCMG in .