Western Arabia in the Leiden Collections : traces of a colourful past

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Western Arabia in the Leiden Collections : traces of a colourful past

Type: Book (monograph)
Title: Western Arabia in the Leiden Collections : traces of a colourful past
Author: Mols, LuitgardVrolijk, Arnoud
Pages: 192
Publisher: Leiden University Press (LUP)
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Dutch diplomats, scholars and travellers assembled unique collections in Jeddah, Mecca and Medina. The Dutch presence in Arabia, where they established a consulate in Jeddah, was intimately connected with the supervision of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca from the Netherlands East Indies, present-day Indonesia. Notable guests at this consulate included the formidable Dutch Islamicist Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje, visiting Arabia in 1884-1885. With the invaluable help of local Muslims, Dutch collectors tried to capture the essence of what they regarded as an ‘authentic’ Oriental culture in a period when Arabia was already looking towards modernity. These extensive collections are now preserved at the Leiden Museum of Ethnology and Leiden University Libraries. Together, they allow a glimpse into a colourful and vibrant society, one virtually vanished today under ever-growing numbers of pilgrims, changing political and religious allegiances and sudden economic prosperity.
Description: This book is published in association with Leiden University Libraries and Museum Volkenkunde (Museum of Ethnology), Leiden, and is made possible through a grant from Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
ISBN: 9789087282592
9789400602557 (e-ISBN)
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/45216
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