Decolonising the Hajj: The Pilgrimage from Nigeria to Mecca Under Empire and Independence (Studies in Imperialism #208) (Hardcover)

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Decolonising the Hajj: The Pilgrimage from Nigeria to Mecca Under Empire and Independence (Studies in Imperialism #208) (Hardcover)

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Muslims from the region that is now Nigeria have been undertaking the Hajj for hundreds of years. But the process of completing the pilgrimage changed dramatically in the twentieth century as state governments became heavily involved in its organization and management. Under British colonial rule, a minimalist approach to pilgrimage control facilitated the journeys of many thousands of mostly overland pilgrims. Decolonization produced new political contexts, with nationalist politicians taking a more proactive approach to pilgrimage management for both domestic and international reasons. The Hajj, which had previously been a life-altering journey undertaken slowly and incrementally over years, became a shorter, safer, trip characterized by round trip plane rides. In examining the transformation of the Nigerian Hajj, this book demonstrates how the Hajj became ever more intertwined with Nigerian politics and governance as the country moved from empire to independence.
Matthew M. Heaton is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech
Product Details ISBN: 9781526162601
ISBN-10: 1526162601
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2023
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: Studies in Imperialism