Ramadan: The month of fasting for Muslims, and tourism studies — Mapping the unexplored connection

Ummesalma Husein

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    This study supplies the Islamic worldview to the tourism literature in order to expand the current denotations associated to key words such as ‘travel’, ‘traveler’ and ‘pilgrimage’. It explores the month of fasting for Muslims: Ramadan, and its association to pilgrimage. The findings of the study indicate that Ramadan being the month of interior pilgrimage offers a strong link to the deep rooted connection between pilgrimage and tourism studies and is a promising area of exploration in conjunction with the unmapped link of interior pilgrimage and tourism studies. The study unearths Ramadan seasonality and Ramadan events in the settings of United Arab Emirates where currently during the Ramadan seasonality the interior pilgrims are facilitated by community events that are largely organized by the relevant tourism authorities. The study proposes further areas of research with reference to: interior pilgrimage, Ramadan seasonality and community events.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTourism Management Perspectives
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Dec 2015


    • Islamic worldview
    • Ramadan seasonality
    • Community events
    • Interior pilgrimage
    • Muslims


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