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Place and Behavior: Unveiling the Behavioral Dynamics of the Hajj Pilgrimage
  • Young-Jin Ahn,
  • Zuhriddin Juraev
Young-Jin Ahn
Department of Geography, Chonnam National University
Zuhriddin Juraev
Department of Geography, Chonnam National University

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This article explores the behavioral geography of the Hajj pilgrimage, focusing on the impact of the physical environment on pilgrims' behavior. Using qualitative research and analyzing religious literature and online publications, the study reveals significant findings. The spatial arrangement of the Grand Mosque, including the central courtyard and pillars, influences pilgrims' behavior during the Tawaf ritual. Environmental factors such as crowds and noise affect pilgrims' experiences, evoking anxiety while enhancing the ceremony's spiritual significance. Cultural and religious beliefs also shape pilgrims' behavior during circumambulation. This study provides valuable insights into the multifaceted factors shaping pilgrims' behavior during the Hajj, including spatial organization, cultural influences, and social interactions. The findings can inform improvements in infrastructure, crowd management, and services to enhance the overall pilgrimage experience.
25 Jul 2023Submitted to ESS Open Archive
04 Aug 2023Published in ESS Open Archive