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Pictures of the Haj

December 20, 2010

Last month I wrote a post about the Haj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Saudi Arabia’s Arab News has published an amazing gallery of photos of this year’s event. The photos do a better job than any words of showing the huge scale of the modern Haj.

Contrast this with the photos of a Dutch explorer from the 1885 Haj. A telling microcosm of the development of the Middle East over the past century and a half.

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