On Hajj I don't think anybody has given such a brilliant and thought provoking analysis and reflections as did in this book by Dr. Ali Shariati. He has tried to give not only philosiphical answers for the Hajj rituals but has gone further and deep down in the psycological aspects as well, which were not touched by any one before. It is undoubtably a unique book on Hajj pilgrimage.
As an American convert to Islam who performed hajj last year, I highly recommend this book to help remove all the mystery of what hajj is all about. Even many hajis have no idea why they are doing what they are doing other than their religious books tell them it is what they are supposed to do. Someone planning on going for hajj will get much more out of the experience by reading this beautiful, eloquent book first. And for the non-Muslim, a reading of this book should provide great insight into the purpose of the ritual of Islam that is so often mind-boggling to the outsider.