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Other: Abd al-Ghaffar 
Other: Abdoel Ghaffar 
Other: Abdul Ghaffar 
Other: Dr. C. Snouck Hurgronje 
Other: Dr. Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje 
Other: Haji Abdul Ghaffar 
Dates:  1857, 8 February - 1936, 26 June
Born:  The Netherlands, Oosterhout
Died:  The Netherlands, Leiden
Active:  Indonesia (Dutch East Indies) / Saudi Arabia
Dutch scholar of the Orient and a prolific writer on Aceh and Islam. Dutch orientalist, scholar of Islam, colonial adviser, professor of languages and Islamic studies. Fluent in Arabic he obtained permission in 1884 to attend the pilgrimage to Mecca in 1885. He visited Arabia and the holy city of Mecca in 1884-1885 being one of the first Western scholars to do so and published the classic work "Mekka" (2 volumes, 1888-1889). Two albums of his photographs exist the first of which is rare and includes early photographs of Mecca.
Warning: The photographs of Mecca that are usually credited to Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje were taken by Al-Sayyid ĎAbd al-Ghaffar (active 1880s), a physician and eye doctor from Mecca, and this is revealed by the Arabic calligraphy on the photographs that Hurgronje removed from his publications.
A. Vrolik, 2013, "An Early Photograph of the Egyptian Mahmal in Mecca Reflections on Intellectual Property and Modernity in the Work of C. Snouck Hurgronje" in V. Porter and L. Saif (eds), 2013, The Hajj: Collected Essays (London), pp. 206-213

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Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje 
1930 (ca)
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