Pilgrims' Progress: The Business of the Hajj

  title={Pilgrims' Progress: The Business of the Hajj},
  author={M. Miller},
  journal={Past & Present},
  pages={189 - 228}
  • M. Miller
  • Published 2006
  • Business
  • Past & Present
In 1948, John Hobhouse, a senior manager of Alfred Holt & Co. (also known as Blue Funnel or Ocean Steam Ship), the premier British shipping company sailing east to China, Malaya and the Straits Settlements, began to wonder whether it any longer made good business sense to engage in the pilgrim trade. Since the nineteenth century, Holts steamers had carried Malay and Indonesian Muslims to and from Jiddah during the Hajj season; in fact, until the Second World War nearly all Holts ships had been… Expand
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