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To Hajj Without an Escort

To Hajj Without an Escort

By Alex Thurston During the week of September 24, Saudi Arabian authorities detained and subsequently deported over 1,000 Nigerian female pilgrims who were on the hajj to Mecca. The incident caused considerable tension between the two countries.

In the World weekly links, Pandora’s Box edition

…most residents of Trivandrum had not been clamoring for the temple’s vaults to be searched. This had initially puzzeled me. In America…it’s inconceivable that a mysterious, locked door would be left alone. (Recall Geraldo Rivera breaking into Al Capone’s vault, in the nineteen-eighties). But in India the wealth stored in the vaults of Hindu temples...

Acid Devils

11 January 2006 While 2.5 million Muslim pilgrims making hajj stone the devil (under heavy police supervision to prevent stampedes), NPR raises him right back up with an examination of “Backmasking” in acid rock songs and other music, as part of a special look at the spirituality of psychedelic drugs on the 100th birthday of LSD discoverer, Albert Hoffman....

Which Disease Spreads Faster?

Religious epidemiology: Pilgrims returning from Mecca may be spreading polio, according to the World Health Organization. “We’re staring at the whites of the eyes of this thing,” the coordinator of the health organization’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative tells The NYTimes. There’ll be another kind of disease to track: the use of this news by anti-Islam websites as...

Without a Peg

Faiza Saleh Ambah of The Christian Science Monitor concluded her five-part series on making the hajj yesterday. An hour after the last ritual, she writes, “squeezed in the back of the car returning to Jeddah, everyone around me is sleeping. But I am too scared to nod off. I have become very comfortable in this sanctified world of...

Hajj, Tragic & Trivial

The dead: “54 Indonesians, 36 Pakistanis, 13 Egyptians, 11 Turks, 11 Indians, 10 Algerians, 10 Bangladeshis, eight Sudanese, seven Moroccans, five Chinese, four Yemenis, three Sri Lankans, two Afghans, two Somalis, two Syrians, two Saudis, one Burmese, one Omani, one Tunisian, one Nigerian, one Chadian and one Cameroonian.” And then another 58, unidentified. Such is...