Europe and Asia

Who disguised himself as a Muslim to travel to Mecca

Since non-Muslims are not allowed into the sacred city of Mecca, British explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton disguised himself as an Afghan pilgrim in order to enter the city in 1853. Burton, having learned various languages in the military, explored India, the Middle East, Africa, and South America. Also a prolific writer, Burton published many accounts of his journeys and is perhaps most famous for translating 1001 Arabian Nights into English.


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