Zainab Cobbold

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Zainab Cobbold
Born Lady Evelyn Murray
1867
Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Great Britain
Died 1963 (aged 97–98)
Nationality British
Known for First Muslim woman born in Britain to perform the Hajj pilgrimage
Spouse(s) John Dupuis Cobbold (m. 1891–1922)
Children 3
Parent(s) Charles Murray, 7th Earl of Dunmore
Lady Gertrude Coke

Zainab Cobbold (born Evelyn Murray, later Cobbold; 1867–January 1963) was a Scottish noblewoman and convert to Islam. Born in Edinburgh in 1867,[1][2] she was the eldest daughter of Charles Adolphus Murray,[3] 7th Earl of Dunmore and Lady Gertrude Coke, daughter of the Second Earl of Leicester.[4]

Cobbold spent much of her childhood in Algiers and Cairo in the company of Muslim nannies.[2] She considered herself a Muslim from a young age despite not officially professing her faith until she met the pope.[2]

Evelyn achieved celebrity at age 65, in 1933, when she became the first Muslim woman born in Britain to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca.[4][5] In 1934, a personal account of her trip was published entitled Pilgrimage to Mecca. An excerpt from her work can be found in Michael Wolfe's book One Thousand Roads to Mecca.

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Facey, Miranda Taylor, Introduction to 'Pilgrimage to Mecca', p 2. ISBN 9780955889431
  2. ^ a b c "The Victorian Muslims of Britain". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2016-06-18. 
  3. ^ William Facey, Miranda Taylor, Introduction to 'Pilgrimage to Mecca', p 3. ISBN 9780955889431
  4. ^ a b Facey, William (2008). "Mayfair to Makkah", Saudi Aramco World, Vol. 59, No. 5, pages 18-23.
  5. ^ William Facey, Miranda Taylor, Introduction to 'Pilgrimage to Mecca', p 32. ISBN 9780955889431

Further reading[edit]

Clive Hodges: Cobbold & Kin: Life Stories from an East Anglian Family (Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2014) ISBN 9781843839545