Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Bianchi, R. R. 2013. Hajj. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
The hajj is the greatest gathering of humanity on earth. All Muslims who are physically and financially capable are required at least once in their lives to make this pilgrimage to visit “God's house” in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. For the three million Muslims from over one hundred countries who meet in and around Mecca every year, these three weeks of tumultuous rituals mark the peak of their spiritual lives and the renewal of Islam's historic identity as a universal community of believers.