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Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca

Eileen Kane


In the late nineteenth century, as a consequence of imperial conquest and a mobility revolution, Russia became a crossroads of the hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. This book, the first in any language on the hajj under tsarist and Soviet rule, tells the story of how tsarist officials struggled to control and co-opt Russia's mass hajj traffic, seeing it not only as a liability, but also an opportunity. To support the hajj as a matter of state surveillance and control was controversial, given the preeminent position of the Orthodox Church. But nor could the hajj be ignored, or banned ... More

Keywords: hajj, Russia, pilgrimage, Mecca, Islam, Muslims, Islamic networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801454233
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801454233.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eileen Kane, author
Associate Professor of History, Connecticut College