, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 351–359 | Cite as

The centrality of Islam: Space, form and process

  • Rowley Gwyn 


This paper considers the centralizing and unifying tendencies of Islamic space paying particular and direct attention to the nature and reality of the pilgrimage to Mecca, theHajj. For the human geographer both theHajj and the other pillars-foundations of Islamic belief provide a constancy and spatially reinforcing dynamic to facilitate at least a partial comprehension of the properties of a specific and large cultural region; the community of Islam. It is to be stressed that any singular concern with theHajj that fails to see it as a part or rite within a wider functioning Islam will do a disservice both to the pilgrimage itself and present an unacceptable view of Islam. The recent growth of theHajj is considered as part of the continuity and indeed mounting ebullience and vitality of Islam. Continuing population growths and developments in transport technologies that present increasing opportunities to a widening number of Muslims are outlined and the various transport modes utilized byHajjees are considered.


Environmental Management Population Growth Human Geographer Transport Mode Wide Functioning 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rowley Gwyn 
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldEngland

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