‘Portrays a magnificent journey defined by contrasts.’
‘Vividly evokes the experience of the Hajj, one of the most emotive journeys in the world.’
Written in the tradition of the rihla – one of the oldest genres of classical Arabic literature – Mumbai to Mecca is a personal, reflective and enlightening description of the Hajj, the pilgrimage to the holy sites of Islam.
Donning the ihram, the traditional garb of the pilgrim Tojanow joined hundreds of thousands of Muslims who each year make the pilgrimage, the greatest demonstration of the Muslim faith. In three short weeks he experienced a tradition dating back over a thousand years.
ILIJA TROJANOW was born in Bulgaria in 1965. He is the author of Along the Ganges and The Collector of Worlds.