Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hajj 1953 - Pilgrims

Here are some more photos from the 1953, courtesy of the National Geographic Magazine. This time they focus on the pilgrims:

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hajj 1953 - transportation

The following photos, depicting the Hajj, are supposed to have been published in the National Geographic Magazine during 1953.

There's quite a few of them, so I've seperated them into various different topics and will post over the next week or so. This post deals with transportation:


Monday, December 20, 2010

The Koran, from a Western Perspective

Lesley Hazleton is a British-American writer whose work focuses on the politics, religion, and history of the Middle East.

Here are her thoughts on the Quran or Koran:

Hazleton was born in England, and became a United States citizen in 1994. She was based in Jerusalem from 1966 to 1979 and in New York City from 1979 to 1992, when she moved to her current home in Seattle WA.

She has described herself as, "a Jew who once seriously considered becoming a rabbi, a former convent schoolgirl who daydreamed about being a nun, an agnostic with a deep sense of religious mystery though no affinity for organized religion".

She blogst at: THE ACCIDENTAL THELOLOGIST and is currently working on a new biography of Muhammad, to be published by Riverhead/Viking in 2012.