The History, Art and Architecture of the Mughal Empire

Journey to the Heart of Islam

Hajj certificate (detail). 17th-18th century AD. Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art (Khalili Family Trust)

The British Museum exhibition on the Hajj, showing related historical art, manuscripts, maps, textiles and more, runs until 15 April. Malise Ruthven gives an overview on the NYR blog.

Alternatively to undertaking the long journey, one might simply construct a Mecca all one’s own, as Akbar did in a typically idiosyncratic take on established Islamic practice, when following a spiritual vision he built a pavilion and garden, which Qandahari tells us, he named ‘Little Mecca’.

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