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John Allan Smith Photo Gallery

John-Allan-Smith-017

35 souvenir photographs documenting the sites and rituals of the Hajj before the end of the Ottoman Empire (Pre 1914 c1900s). Subjects include pilgrims, a view of Medina, the Moallah cemetery, the parading of the carpet and a group photograph of Arab medical officials.

The photographs were sent to John Allan Smith in 1923 by a friend who had been on the pilgrimage.

For further information about the John Allan Smith Collection please see the John Allan Smith Collection Catalogue (pdf file)

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Smith 1
Smith 1
No original caption, [A seated man alongside two others who are standing, one holding a ewer and bowl, perhaps containing blessed water]
Smith 2
Smith 2
No original caption, [A man, standing, places his hands in blessing upon another who is seated]
Smith 3
Smith 3
No original caption, [Moallah]
Smith 4
Smith 4
Moallah
Smith 5
Smith 5
No original caption, [Encampment around the walls of an unidentified Mosque]
Smith 6
Smith 6
Marwah Mecca
Smith 7
Smith 7
No original caption, [Mecca, the Kaaba from one side]
Smith 8
Smith 8
The view from Bab al Salam
Smith 9
Smith 9
No original caption, [Mecca, looking down, pilgrims grouped around the Kaaba’s base, showing the mosque of Masjid al Haram and surroundings]
Smith 10
Smith 10
[View of the Kaaba]
Smith 11
Smith 11
The view from the minaret of Bab Al-Umrah the ritual circumambulation of the Kaaba
Smith 12
Smith 12
The view from the minaret of Bab Ali and the sacred Kaaba
Smith 13
Smith 13
No original caption, [The view from Ibrahim gate and the sacred Kaaba and people praying]
Smith 14
Smith 14
The view from Ibrahim gate and the sacred Kaaba and people praying
Smith 15
Smith 15
Mecca, General view of the “Kaba” enclosure. The “Kaba” is the draped stone in the centre and is a sort of “Temple of God”. The Pilgrims do the “Sawaf” here, which means several times round the Kaba. All the little domes round about are little praying mosques. This is a very good photograph, the houses behind are exactly like the Jeddah houses
Smith 16
Smith 16
No original caption, [Mecca, pilgrims grouped around the Kaaba’s base]
Smith 17
Smith 17
[View of the Kaaba]
Smith 18
Smith 18
The view of Friday prayer from the Prophet’s gate
Smith 19
Smith 19
No original caption, [The view of Friday prayer from the Prophet’s gate]
Smith 20
Smith 20
The view from Al-Ajyad gate and the view from the black sacred stone
Smith 21
Smith 21
The view from the minaret the Al-Hameedi gate
Smith 22
Smith 22
The internal passage to the inner sanctum [The image shows flood waters around the Kaaba]
Smith 23
Smith 23
Mecca, This [is] a larger view of Mecca, showing the “Kaba” enclosure a little closer with all its funny little mosques. There is only one real entrance, direct to the “Kaba”, and you can imagine what a hubbub it is with 60,000 or more people of all nationalities and tongues clamouring for a entrance
Smith 24
Smith 24
No original caption, [Mecca, view from Abi Qabis mountain over the mosque of Masjid al Haram, the Kaaba and surroundings]
Smith 25
Smith 25
The general view from Abi Qabis mountain
Smith 26
Smith 26
The laying of the Egyptian carpet at Arafat in front of Ali’s gate
Smith 27
Smith 27
The ? photograph of the Syrian carpet
Smith 28
Smith 28
[The Syrian carpet on Arafat hill]
Smith 29
Smith 2
The Syrian carpet in Arafat hill
Smith 30
Smith 30
No original caption, [Arafat]
Smith 31
Smith 31
Arafat where pilgrims stand
Smith 32
Smith 32
Mount Arafat, This is the place to which the pilgrims come on the 9th of the month after finishing their visits to the Holy Places. Here only religious ceremonies take place on a special plateau on Mount Arafat which appears just at the right of the photograph, where the people with the sunshades are standing
Smith 33
Smith 33
The Mosque of Abdullah Ibn Abbas in Taif
Smith 34
Smith 34
Medina, This is the other sacred city, and contains the Prophet Mohamed’s tomb. It is at the option of the pilgrims whether or not they visit Medina
Smith 35
Smith 35
The health organisation group [illegible word]

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