Hajj Game Assignment

Hajj Game Assignment:

Go to the Hajj Trail (Links to an external site.) game, which is a text-based game recreation of an Ottoman pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. http://hajjtrail.com/

1) Pick a character and finish the game (3-4 hours of play) Be sure to attach a screenshot to your essay). If you die along the way, you must complete at least 30 days of the game. You will get 1 point of extra-credit if you make it Mecca and Medina.

2) Fill out the feedback form for the creators

3) Write a short essay (four pages, double-spaced, normal 12pt font, etc.)explaining

  1. a) The route you took and actions completed
  2. b) The character you chose to play and what happened along the way
  3. c) What do these examples teach you about travel in the early modern period (1500-1800)
  4. d) Include at least three references contextualizing your character’s experience in the game with quotes from either the two primary sources assigned with this unit (Evliya Cele)

References for essay:

1) Suraiya Faroqhi,Pilgrims and Sultans: The Hajj under the Ottomans, 1517-1683.(London: Tauris, 1994), 1-12, 32-53.

2) Evliya Celebi, n Ottoman Traveller: Selections from the Book of Travels of Evliya Celebi, tr. Robert Dankoff and Sooyong Kim, (London: Eland, 2011), 327-349

3) Shafir, Nir. In an Ottoman Holy Land: The Hajj and the Road from Damascus, 1500-1800.”History of Religions 60, no. 1 (2020): 1–36.

4) Ibn al-Tayyib, The Travels of Ibn Al-Tayyib:The Forgotten Journey of an Eighteenth-Century Traveller to the Hijaz, trans. El Mustapha Lahlali, Salah Al-Dihan, Wafa Abu Hatab, (London: Tauris Academic Studies, 2010), 10-23, 57-59, 64-86

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