Material Information

Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890
بورتون، ريتشارد فرنسيس، سير، 1821-1890 ( contributor )
Place of Publication:
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Paper ( medium )
H22 x W15.8 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Pilgrims and pilgrimages ( lcsh )
Muslim pilgrims and pilgrimages ( lcsh )
حجاج بيت الله الحرام والحج
الحجاج المسلمين والحج
آسيا -- المملكة العربية السعودية -- مكة المكرمة -- مكة المكرمة
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Saudi Arabia -- Makkah -- Mecca
21.42664 x 39.82563


One of Burton’s best known escapades was travelling in disguise to Mecca in 1853, where he successfully completed the ḥajj. He was immensely proud of his alternative persona as Abdullah the pilgrim, a wandering darwaysh (dervish) born in India of Afghan parents, and educated in Rangoon. He used the popular pseudo-science of phrenology to demonstrate his theories about the racial origins of the Arabs. -- Burton continued to court danger and controversy throughout his career, notably during his acrimonious quarrel with John Hanning Speke over events during their joint expeditions to East Africa in 1856-58, and his long friendship with the erotologist Henry Spencer Ashbee. (Text by Tom Tomlinson, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
VIAF (name authority) : Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890 : 29832059
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 108
General Note:
From: Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to el-Medinah and Meccah. London : Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1855-1856. 3 volumes. Frontispiece taken from volume 2.

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
EB85.259 /4058 ( soas shelf mark )