I’m giving a talk in a few weeks at Hong Kong Anthropological Society on the Modern organisation of the Hajj and experiences of Hong Kong pilgrims.
Wednesday 16 October 2013, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
The annual pilgrimage to Mecca is both a sacred religious rite and an incredible human and logistical feat. This talk explores the hajj in the 21st century, explaining both the ancient rites and the experiences of Muslims making the pilgrimage from Hong Kong. How do Muslims prepare to make hajj, what are the challenges of the modern pilgrimage, and what can we learn about hajj from the Hong Kong perspective? Through a variety of accounts we come to see the profound spiritual journey that Muslims encounter and also the more quotidian challenges of the pilgrimage. Whilst travel to Mecca has become more accessible, affordable and less hazardous over the centuries, it continues to pose numerous challenges. In exploring these issues, a series of connections are made between the lives of Muslims and the rhythms of the modern globalized Mecca.