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NEW PUBLICATION: First documentary about Mecca - how a Dutchman captured moving images of the Hajj

Updated: Jul 5, 2022

We are happy to announce the most recent publication of Rukayyah Reichling, one of our Early Stage Researchers based in Amsterdam: "A view on a forbidden city: The first documentary about the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca."

In her article, Rukayyah tells us the remarkable story of George Krugers (1890-1964), the first cameraman to produce a full-fledged documentary about the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Supported by colonial institutions as well as his personal network, Krugers accompanied pilgrims from the Dutch East-Indies to Mecca in 1928. Soon after his return, he presented his film work to curious audiences in the Netherlands.

Rukayyah’s article is based on valuable archival material that has never been researched before. Her contribution got printed in ZemZem, the most renowned Dutch popular scientific journal about Islam and the Middle East.

A PDF version of Rukayyah’s article can be accessed here :

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If you prefer a paper version, you can order a hardcopy of the entire journal via this link. This year’s summer edition of the ZemZem journal also includes a number of timely articles by other authors about pressing questions of climate change in the Middle East and North Africa.

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