Brown@Hajj: Understanding a Global Institution

Brown University's Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community, R. David Coolidge, will be performing his second pilgrimage to Makkah this fall. The annual pilgrimage (known in Arabic as Hajj) is the largest annual religious gathering on Earth, with 2-3 million participants coming each year from almost every country. David will chronicle his trip, from before he leaves until after he returns, in order to foster understanding about this global institution.


Saudi Arabia
  • R. David Coolidge | November 13th, 2011
    I am sitting in the Amman airport, on my way home, insha'Allah (God willing). It was an amazing trip, and I was only able to share with you a little bit. The rigors of the Hajj and the lack of internet infrastructure in certain places made it hard...
  • R. David Coolidge | November 10th, 2011
    This is the last video that I posted to CNN Ireport.
  • R. David Coolidge | November 3rd, 2011
    This is my fourth video for CNN Ireport. It is a partial recording of the call to prayer (adhan), as heard from the courtyard in front of the Sacred Mosque. Many gathered in the courtyard prior to the prayer, in order to find a space to pray the...
  • R. David Coolidge | November 2nd, 2011
    I feel like a citizen of the world. This morning at the congregational prayer in the Sacred Mosque, there were two Indonesian men in front of me with perhaps the most colorful shirts I have ever seen. At the Hajj terminal in Jeddah, we saw streams...
  • R. David Coolidge | November 1st, 2011
      This is my third video for CNN Ireport:
  • R. David Coolidge | October 29th, 2011
    I have uploaded my second video on CNN's Ireport:
  • R. David Coolidge | October 27th, 2011
    I am on the train to NYC. In a way, my Hajj has begun. Although I won't technically be considered a pilgrim until I enter the state of ritual sanctity (ihram) during my flight to Saudi Arabia, I have left my house in Providence intending to visit...
  • R. David Coolidge | October 18th, 2011
    I was interviewed by CNN about the many reasons that people perform Hajj. Here is the article: Why do Hajj? 5 questions answered About 3 million Muslims from more than 100...
  • R. David Coolidge | October 12th, 2011
      I have uploaded my first video to CNN Ireport. I hope to post more throughout my Hajj, God willing.
  • R. David Coolidge | October 11th, 2011
    In the Name of God, The All-Merciful, The Giver of Mercy May peace be upon you (al-salam 'alaykum), I am scheduled to leave for the pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj) in two and a half weeks. This will be my second Hajj, God willing. By now, I have...