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On the eve of Brexit and with ongoing disruption due to COVID-19, Seán McLoughlin collaborated with the Council of British Hajjis and Licensed Hajj Organisers trade association on a novel Hajj package “Explainer” offering greater transparency to UK Muslims. 31/12/2020, 14:45 In partnership with the Council of British Hajjis (CBHUK), which...

In a period of independently-organised travel before the introduction of packages in the West during the mid-2000s, Hajj-going in Britain was relatively well-advanced as compared to other Muslim minorities. But it was not at all centrally organised. The Early Days The number of Hujjaj travelling from Britain from the late...

by Dr Seán McLoughlin This blogentry is an edited version of a short article first published in “Living Community”, a special edition of the Journal of the Shap Working Party on World Religions in Education (2001/02, 25-27), http://www.shapworkingparty.org.uk/journals.html Muslim constructions of ‘community’ have to be defined in terms of the...

by Dr Seán McLoughlin It was a great privilege for me to contribute in a small way to the British Museum’s exhibition, Hajj: journey to the heart of Islam. One of the final exhibition panels describes how my research team and I collected interviews with around 40 British Muslims concerning...