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The haj

1st ed.

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Published by Doubleday in Garden City, N.Y .
Written in English.

About the Book

The Haj is a novel published in 1984 by American author Leon Uris about a Palestinian Arab family caught up in the area's historic events of the 1920s–1950s as witnessed by Ishmael, the youngest son. The story begins in 1922 when Ibrahim, Ishmael's father, takes over the position of muktar from his dying father in the relatively isolated village of Tabah in the Ajalon Valley, just off the main road leading to Jerusalem from Jaffa. The book then goes on to show how the family is affected by the proximity of nearby kibbutz Shemesh, by the political struggles exhibited and the pressures exerted by the region's Arab leaders during the course of 35 years, and by the disruptive effect being a refugee had on them.

Haj in the novel's title refers to the pilgrimage to Mecca, which every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so is obliged to make at least once in his lifetime. Literally, it refers to the pilgrimage that the head of the family, Ibrahim al Soukori al Wahhabi, made to Mecca in his young adulthood, and which gave him the honorific Hajji used throughout the book. Figuratively it refers to both the transforming physical journey that the family makes from its home in Tabah to the refugee camps near Jericho, and to the psychic transformations that the family endures as it is ripped away from its traditional life and sees, one by one its values being eroded.

Edition Notes

Sequel to: Exodus.

Also issued online.


Dewey Decimal Class 813/.54
Library of Congress PS3541.R46 H3 1984

The Physical Object

Pagination 566 p. :
Number of pages 566

ID Numbers

Open Library OL3178223M
Internet Archive hajuris00uris
ISBN 10 0385034598
LC Control Number 83020765
Library Thing 100548
Goodreads 1368232

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