Saurabh Mishra

in Pilgrimage, Politics, and Pestilence

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780198070603
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080007 | DOI:

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This chapter summarizes discussions of the volume. There were many transformations in the meanings of the pilgrimage during the colonial period and later, right down to the contemporary period. This study highlighted some of these changes while focussing on the various dimensions associated with it, including its political salience, its appeal at a personal level, and its medical and commercial relevance. It situated Haj in an age that saw an unprecedented degree of interconnectedness between various parts of the world, as a result of which many subjects, such as the pilgrimage, began to both attract and be affected by a great deal of international curiosity, exploration, and examination. The period studied not only witnessed a growing ‘medicalization’ of the pilgrimage, but also a growing ‘politicization’.

Keywords: Haj; pilgrimage; politicization; medicalization; transformations; political salience

Chapter.  2544 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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