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Hajj and the Arts of Pilgrimage

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Since the advent of Islam, Hajj has been one of the most remarkable religious gatherings in the world. A compulsory act for Muslims, if they are able, the annual observance...

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A curator specialising in the Arts of Pilgrimage, Qaisra M. Khan has a degree in Law from Magdalene College, Cambridge University and an MPhil in Oriental Studies also from Cambridge University. After working for many years in financial consulting, she left to pursue the arts, acquiring an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She worked for the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, before joining the British Museum as the Project Curator for the acclaimed 2012 exhibition, Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam and later, on projects with museums around the world. Qaisra has lectured and broadcast widely on the arts of Muslim pilgrimage.

Professor Sir Nasser David Khalili is a world-renowned Iranian-born British scholar, collector, philanthropist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Over the course of five decades, Sir David has assembled eight of the world’s finest art collections comprising some 35,000 works, many of which have been exhibited at prestigious museums and institutions worldwide. Each work has been meticulously conserved, researched, catalogued, and published as part of what is considered to be one of the most ambitious art scholarship projects in modern history. His many honours and awards include Knighthoods from Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI for his work in the pursuit of peace, education, and culture among nations. He was also awarded the Rank of Officier in the National Order of the Legion of Honour – the highest French order of merits by the French president François Hollande at the Elysée Palace. He received a knighthood in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to interfaith relations and charity”.

The first House [of worship] to be established for people was the one at Mecca. It is a blessed place; a source of guidance for all people.

— The Qur’an, Surah Al ‘Imran, verse 96

Page count

408 pages

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Released on

July 2022


W 28 x L 36 x D 6 cm

Cover materials

Hardcover in a luxury slipcase




3.175 kg

Text by Qaisra M. Khan, foreword by Professor Sir Nasser David Khalili

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