Abstract

Purpose of the study: The study aims to identify the prospects and challenges in preservation of hajj history and heritage in Malaysia.

Methodology: This paper reports the analysis of documents and data collection on hajj conducted through library research.

Principal Findings and Novelty: The results of this study show that the principal challenges in preservation of hajj history and heritage in Malaysia are limited literature, difficulties in obtaining information pertaining to Hajj in pre-Malaysia days, poor documentation of the primary sources as well as individual narratives on hajj exercise and unrecorded stories and memories of individuals. This study shows that the history and heritage of Hajj are seen to have tremendous potential to assist in strengthening the tourism industry based on heritage in Malaysia.

Applications of this study: Appropriate measures are to be taken by the government to prevent the loss of history and heritage of the Hajj operations in Malaysia. Efforts must also be made to document the memories of different parties who were directly involved in the Hajj exercises for future widespread.

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