This is a wonderful little book for anyone not quite up to the task of reading deeply the complete two-volume Sir Richard Francis Burton "Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah". And, by using the term "little", I do not mean insignificant, but actually size-wise being only 105 pages and perhaps 4 inches by seven at best. Penguin Books has done a wonderful job of choosing a very interesting assortment of inserts from the major volumes, yet still leaving you with the overall sense of adventure. Now I do so love Burton and his writing style and all that he ever was, yet even I can get a little bogged down in his details, for I am not a scientist, nor anthropologist myself, but an attorney.
One more thing--I had first thought when purchasing this book, that it would encompass several shrines throughout his travels--maybe even more importantly to me--the sacred shrines of Harrar--and perhaps even his thoughts on shrines in Cairo, Constantinople, India. So I thought I should mention that it deals solely with the shrines of Meccah and Al-Madinah.
Great stuff! Really!