The selfie has recently become entrenched as part of contemporary mobile media lifestyle. This focus is now evident in the reportage of this year’s hajj. stories about the ‘hajj selfie’ are numerous a google search will deliver articles from new websites such as the BBC and CNN and the Independent. Also you will see posts on tumblr, Facebook, and go to tagboard and type in hajj for more.
Early in September some of my research on Hong Kong Muslims performing hajj was published and it looks at these very same themes. Not just the photographs that are being taken, but the general imposition of technology in the hajj. Surprisingly it is not necessarily regarded as a bad issue. Photos on hajj have long existed and their circulation only serves to promote the importance of the hajj and to encourage other Muslims to fulfil there obligations. In many cases the camera, the phone, the SMS are seen as an aid to pilgrims. This is why Saudi Arabia provides free wifi for pilgrims during hajj.
For more on my research, visit here.