David Leestma

The Administration of the Hajj: An Analysis of the operation and logistics of the Islamic Pilgrimage

Over the course of the summer I’ve been researching the historical and contemporary aspects of Safety and Security in the Hajj. Considering the sensitive nature of this topic the data collection has been difficult. Getting primary sources, mainly government documents and interviews with various interlocutors, has proven near impossible. Rather than relying on primary sources, I have been forced to piece the puzzle of safety and security together from information public information divulged on Saudi Ministry websites and countless newspaper reports in both English and Arabic. This process, painstaking at times, involves going through articles, identifying the topics, be it an incident or a report on government preparations for the coming Hajj, and crossing and fact checking these reports with other articles.

Faculty Mentor: Sebastian Maisel, Modern Languages

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