Sir Richard Burton, 1821-1890.
Personal narrative of a pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah.
London: Longman, Brown, Green and Longmans, 1855.
Sir Richard Burton was an adventurer who was intimately familiar with Muslim cultures.
He learned to fluently speak several eastern languages and dialects, including Iranian, Hindustani,
and Arabic. In addition to these languages, he eventually became proficient in over 25 languages.
In 1853, disguised as an Afghan pilgrim, he made the pilgrimage to Medina and Mecca, being one
of the first Europeans to enter those cities.
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