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Pilgrim Pioneers: Britons on Hajj before 1940

William Facey traces Britain's relations with Islam back a thousand years

William Facey, writer and publisher on the Arabian Peninsula, traces Britain's relations with Islam back a thousand years. The first recorded Briton to perform Hajj was Joseph Pitts of Exeter, who went to Mecca in about 1685. In 1933, Mecca welcomes its first British woman convert, Lady Evelyn Cobbold. In between, various Britons, bouth devout and fraudulent, made their way to Mecca, with motives as diverse as their personalities.


William Facey | talks


Date and Time:

10 February 2012 at 1:15 pm





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