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Published on Nov 19, 2010
subhanAllah amazing images of the Kab'ah and Makkah from over 100 years ago from the year 1885 Gregorian and 1301H. The city of Makkah looks as blessed as ever *smiles*
Includes Quran recitation of surah Duha from the same period, over 100 years ago! This is AMAZING. Probably the earliest literal recitation of the Qur'an we will ever hear, in fact anyone of this and the previous generation.
Sourced from CNN
Snouck's extraordinary collection of sepia-tinted images of Mecca in a bygone age have gone on display in Dubai ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage that originally drew him to the heart of Islam.
Accompanied by crackling, eerie soundscapes captured by Snouck using Thomas Edison's newly-invented wax cylinders, the exhibition paints a very different picture from the ornate and built-up Mecca familiar to modern visitors.
Among the newly-restored platinum prints, one image taken from a nearby hillside shows the Kaaba, the instantly recognizable cubic building considered by Muslims to be the holiest place on the planet.
But though the galleried compound which surrounds it is echoed by Mecca's contemporary architecture, the sparsely-built city of Snouck's era bears only a passing resemblance, as do the rudimentary travelers' tents on the dusty plains outside the city.