Hong Kong Muslims on hajj : rhythms of the pilgrimage 2.0 and experiences of spirituality among twenty-first century global cities

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Abstract

The pilgrimage to Mecca is an often-overlooked topic in the study of Muslim minorities. This work looks at the experiences of Muslims in Hong Kong who make up a multi-ethnic community situated in a densely populated urban metropolis in China. As a small community, these Muslims are free from the constraints of the hajj quota system that most countries are subjected to. The organisation and experiences of these pilgrims is contrasted with recent developments in Mecca, including urban development and communications infrastructure to serve the pilgrims. The twenty-first century hajj, as “pilgrimage 2.0”, characterises some of the contemporary challenges that modern hajj poses. These insights are contrasted with Lefebvre's concept of rhythmanalysis to highlight themes of permanence and change. In addressing the similarities of both Mecca and Hong Kong as “global cities”, the experiences of Hong Kong Muslims are made distinct.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-329
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Volume34
Issue number3
Early online date17 Jul 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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