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The term Mecca constitutes a central motif in the autobiographical book The Road to Mecca, published in New York in 1954, by the Jewish journalist Leopold Weiss (1900–1992, after 1926: Muhammad Asad), who grew up in Habsburg Galicia. In it, Weiss covers not only his conversion to Islam, which he underwent in 1926 in Berlin and again in Cairo in the following year, but also the life experiences that brought him to Mecca in 1927. Weiss’s The Road to Mecca is representative of all t…

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Schulze, Reinhard, “Mecca”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0530>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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