The Meaning of Mecca: The Politics of Pilgrimage in Early Islam

The Meaning of Mecca: The Politics of Pilgrimage in Early Islam

by M E McMillan

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ISBN-13: 9780863564376
Publisher: Saqi Books
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 894,517
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

M.E. McMillan: M.E. McMillan earned a PhD in Islamic History at the University of St Andrews, and has worked for the UN Security Council as a translator.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 15

Introduction: The Politics of Pilgrimage 15

1 The Prophet's Precedent: The Farewell Hajj of 10/632

The Prophet and The Pilgrimage 19

The Rituals of the Hajj 21

The Meaning of Mecca for the Muslim Community 25

2 Following in the Prophet's Footsteps: The Era of the Rightly Guided Caliphs

Table 1 29

Abu Bakr: Leadership of the Hajj and the Nature of Authority in Islam 32

'Umar and 'Uthman: The Hajj as a Channel of Communication 35

'Ali b. Abi Talib: All Roads Do Not Lead to Mecca 39

The Hajj as a Platform for Rebellion 41

Conspicuous by Their Absence: Who Did Not Lead the Hajj 43

3 Mu'awiyah B. Abi Sufyan: A New Regime and a New Hajj Policy

Table 2 45

Mu'awiyah and Leadership of the Hajj 47

Political Choreography: The Hajj of the Caliph's Successor Son 51

The Ruling Family and Leadership of the Hajj 54

Leading the Hajj by Proxy: The Governorship of Medina and the Politics of Martyrdom 56

Conspicuous by Their Absence: Who Did Not Lead the Hajj 60

4 The Caliphate in Transition: The Hajj as a Barometer of Political Change

Table 3 63

Yazld and Leadership of the Hajj:

The Haram as an Ideological Battleground 65

Ibn al-Zubayr: Rebel or Ruler? 70

Alternative Uses of the Hajj: The Haram as the Centre of an Information Network 73

The Hajj of 68 AH: A Platform for Rebellion 75

5 The Return of the Umayyads and the Reintroduction of the Sufyanid Hajj Policy

Table 4 77

A Tale of Two Holy Cities: Mecca, Jerusalem and the Hajj 79

The Hajj of 72 AH: A Barometer of Political Change 81

Restoring Precedent: The Caliphs Victory Hajj of 75 AH 84

The Issue of Succession: The Hajj Seasons of 78 AH and 81 AH 86

The Governors of Medina and Leadership of the Hajj: The Sufyanid Model Revisited 89

6 A House Dividing: The Successor Sons of 'abd Al-Malik: Al-Walid and Sulayman

Table 5 95

Power and Patronage: The Caliphal Hajj of 91 AH 97

Following in His Predecessors' Footsteps: Al-Walid's Succession Policy and Leadership of the Hajj 100

Following in His Predecessors' Footsteps II: Al-Walid's Governors of Medina and Leadership of the Hajj 102

The Caliphal Pilgrimage of 97 AH: Hajj and Jihad in the Same Year 106

The Politics of Protest: Sulayman's Governors of the Holy Cities and Leadership of the Hajj 110

7 'Umar II and Yazid II: A Different Approach to the Hajj

Table 6 115

'Umar II: A Hajj Policy Based in the Hijaz 116

Yazid II: Another/Z/j// Policy Based in the Hijaz 119

'Umar II, Yazid II and Leadership of the Hajj: Some Unanswered Questions 123

8 The Last of a Line: Hisham B. Abd Al-Malik

Table 7 127

Restoring Precedent: The Caliphal Hajj of 106 AH 130

The Hajj of the Heir Apparent in 116 AH 134

The Hajj of the Would-Be Heir Apparent in 119 AH 136

Keeping it in the Family: Hisham's Governors of the Holy Cities and Leadership of the Hajj 139

All Roads Lead to Mecca: The Hajj as a Platform for Rebellion 141

9 The Third and Final Generation: Al-Walid II to Marwan II

Table 8 143

The Hajj of 115 AH: The Politics of Reprisal Revisited 14s

The Hajj of 126 AH: The Search for Umayyad Unity 149

The Ongoing Search for Umayyad Unity: The Hajj Seasons of 117 AH and 118 AH 153

The Hajj Seasons 119 AH to 131 AH: Power Slips Away 155

10 Summary: The Meaning of Mecca

Power and Patronage at the Pilgrimage 161

Governing Islam's First Cities and Leadership of the Hajj 161

The Politics of Protest: Alternative Uses of the Hajj 164

The Politics of Pilgrimage 165

Appendix A The Sources and Their Challenges 167

Appendix B Further Reading on the Hajj and the Umayyads 177

Bibliography 183

Index 191

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