Art and Architecture
English edition  
August  2009
192 pp.
130 color illus. 
Hardbound
27.5X28 cm
$39.95
LE300
ISBN 9789774162596
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Hajj Paintings

Folk Art of the Great Pilgrimage Ann Parker
Avon Neal

A visual celebration of the Islamic pilgrimage on house façades all over Egypt

Since the seventh century, the Hajj, or Great Pilgrimage to Mecca, has been a lifelong goal of devout Muslims throughout the world. Egyptian pilgrims traditionally celebrate their sacred journey by commissioning a local artist to depict their religious odyssey on the walls of their homes. Hajj Paintings is the first visual record of the richness and variety of this naive art form. Photographer Ann Parker and writer Avon Neal spent a decade exploring towns, villages, and isolated farm communities along the Nile, across the Delta, down the Red Sea coast, and into Sinai. On the walls of buildings ranging from alabaster factories to mud-brick farmhouses they found brilliant murals illuminated by the desert sun, portraying beloved icons of the pilgrims’ faith and scenes from the Qur’an. Their nearly 150 color photographs and accompanying descriptions record the radiant palette of the mostly self-taught artists.
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Ann Parker is an award-winning photographer, whose latest book is Twilight Visions in Egypt’s Nile Delta (AUC Press, 2008). She collaborated with writer Avon Neal, who specialized in international folk art topics, on several books.

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