Broadcast date: November 19, 2009
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One of the world’s longest-lived religious rites, the hajj to Mecca, is even older than Islam. It’s been described as a universal journey for transcendence and peace. What does it mean to 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide? If you’re a Muslim, have you taken it or thought about taking it? Why is it important to you? What’s your experience of it?
- Michael Wolfe: co-founder and Executive Producer of Unity Productions Foundation, writer and host of 1997 Hajj program for ABC Nightline, author of The Hadj: An American’s Pilgrimage to Mecca (1993) and One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing about the Muslim Pilgrimage (1997)
- Qanta Ahmed: physician, author of In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
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- Michael Wolfe
- Qanta Ahmed
- Ministry of Hajj in Saudi Arabia
- My faith: Annual journey to Mecca (BBC)
- 2008 Hajj photos (Boston Globe)
- Saudi Won’t Bar Hajj Pilgrims Over Swine Flu Fears (New York Times)
- Michael Wolfe’s books about Hajj
- In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom