By Saurabh Mishra

The epicentre of the Muslim universe, Mecca draws thousands of believers each year. Pilgrimage, Politics, and Pestilence stories the association and meanings of the Haj from India in the course of colonial occasions and analyses it from political, advertisement, and clinical views among 1860, the 12 months of the 1st outbreak of cholera epidemic in Mecca, and 1920, while the topic of holy locations of Islam grew to become crucial political image within the Indian subcontinent. opposite to the overall trust approximately colonial coverage of non-intervention into non secular topics, the ebook argues that the nation, actually, stored an in depth watch at the pilgrimage. Saurabh Mishra examines the 'medicalization' of Mecca via cholera outbreaks and the intrusion of eu clinical rules. He underscores how the Haj performed an enormous function in shaping scientific regulations and practices, debates and illness definitions. The booklet explores how the Indian Hajis perceived, negotiated, and resisted colonial pilgrimage and scientific guidelines of their quest of an excessive religious event. the writer recovers the hitherto unexplored viewpoint of pilgrims' voices—in travelogues, memoirs, newspaper reviews, and journals—to current a nuanced research of the interplay among non secular religion and colonial public well-being rules through the age of steamships and empire.

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