Bihishtābād

The History, Art and Architecture of the Mughal Empire

Re: Journey to the Heart of Islam

An aerial view shows Muslim pilgrims walking around the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque of the holy city of Mecca during the annual Hajj pilgrimage rituals on November 7, 2011. By Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images. 

Via Andrew Sullivan: Joy Lo Dico’s thoughts on the exhibit:

Gulf News has estimated that the Hajj and the Umrah, the lesser pilgrimage that can be conducted at any time of year, contributes $30 billion to the economy, through the provision of accommodation, travel services, even animals for slaughter. That is 6 percent of the Saudi’s total GDP—with oil revenues stripped out, it’s more like 15 percent. Saudi Arabia’s status as patron has been repaid magnificently. As the river of black gold runs dry and the Hajj continues to grow, it not unthinkable that it will become the country’s greatest financial asset.
For Malise Ruthven’s review see below.
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