Lady Anne Blunt’s ‘pilgrimage’ refers to a five month long journey undertaken in 1878. She visited the great central desert region of Arabia.
For a woman to venture on such a perilous journey was unusual, more so in the 19th century than the modern day. A Pilgrimage to Nejd presents Blunt’s adventure through a refreshing narrative that shines a sensitive light on the Islamic holy land and its people.
Lady Anne Blunt (1837-1917), Arabic scholar, horsewoman, musician, traveller, has left a unique record of her journey. Her narrative contains all the romance of the desert and excels in the portraiture of its inhabitants.
However, she does not refrain from discussing the awful hardships she faced in one of the world’s harshest environments. The book was originally published in two volumes edited by the author’s husband, Wilfred Scawen Blunt. He was an active supporter of Islamic philosophy and Arab nationalism whilst accompanying his wife on her travels. The journal remains a sympathetic and worthy account of their adventure in Arabia.