Hong Kong Muslims on hajj : rhythms of the pilgrimage 2.0 and experiences of spirituality among twenty-first century global cities
Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs
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.
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O'Connor, P. (2014). Hong Kong Muslims on hajj: Rhythms of the pilgrimage 2.0 and experiences of spirituality among twenty-first century global cities. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 34(3), 315–329. doi: 10.1080/13602004.2014.939557