Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Sacred Invitation - Lady Evelyn Cobbold

Lady Evelyn Cobbold

Great Brittain

Hajj 1933 AD / 1352 AH


Lady Evelyn Zainab Murray Cobbold (1867-1963 AD / 1283-1382 AH) was the first European women to record her personal experience of Hajj. The eldest daughter of the seventh Earl of Dunmore, she is believed to have embraced Islam during her childhood. Her pilgrimage to Mecca was permitted by King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, and she was hosted by Harry St John Philby, an intrepid British explorer and author, a Muslim convert who reach Mecca in 1931 AD / 1349 AH. At the age of 66, Lady Evelyn started her journey by ship from Cairo to the Port of Jeddah, alone.

Extracted from the book: En Route to Mecca – Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries

Publisher: Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

(This book is published in conjunction with the En Route to Mecca: Pilgrims’ Voices Throughout the Centuries exhibition, launched in October 2009.)

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