This article explores the position of Cairo as a hub for pilgrims coming from the Lake Chad area, and especially from the sultanates of Kanem and Borno, during the Mamluk and early Ottoman rules over Egypt between the 12th and the 17th centuries. The Kanemi and Bornoan pilgrims staying in Cairo participated to the ḥaǧǧ, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the most important rites in Islam. Considering the interwaving of politics, trade and religious practices related to the pilgrimage to Mecca, the ḥaǧǧ is a unique form of mobility. It respects its own calendar, its dynamics and its stakes . Beyond the religious aspect, it can be studied as a social and political historical phenomenon, but also as a facilitator of material and immaterial circulations . Here, pilgrims play a crucial role in fostering the circulation of ideas and the consolidation of transnational networks.
|Title of host publication||An African metropolis|
|Subtitle of host publication||Cairo and its African hinterland in the Middle Ages|
|Place of Publication||Leiden|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 1 Mar 2022|