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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
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the steps on the west side of the Sakhrah platform, by the Bab en Nazir. Sultan Abu Sa'id Barkuk was the first of the Circassian dynasty in Egypt, he ascended the throne in 1382. To him is due a portion Of the wood-work around the Sakhrah. In 1393, his lieutenant, El Yaghmuri, came to Jerusalem, and set right the numerous abuses which had crept into the administration of the city in the time-of his predecessor. These reforms he proclaimed by causing an account of them to be engraved upon a marble tablet, and hung up in the Haram es Sherif. The governors of Jerusalem would seem to have been rather prone to relapses in this respect, for we find El Yaghmuri's example followed by many of the succeeding viceroys. Sultan en Nasir Farj succeeded to the throne of Egypt in the year 1399, when only twelve years old. He separated the government of Jerusalem and Hebron from that of Mecca and Medina, which had hitherto been exercised by one official. During his reign occurred the incursions of the Tartars, under Timour or Tamerlane. Sultan el Melik el Ashraf Barsebâi, a freedman of Barkuk's, becoming Sultan in 1422, followed his former master's example, and expended some money upon the repair of the mosque at Jerusalem. He presented a beautiful copy of the Coran to the Mosque of El Aksa, and appointed and endowed a reader and attendant to.look after it. In the year 1447, during the reign of El Melik ed Dhaher Chakmak, a portion of the roof of the Cubbet es Sakhrah was destroyed by fire. Some say the accident was caused by lightning, others, by the carelessness of some young noblemen, who clambered into the roof in pursuit of pigeons, and set fire to the woodwork with a lighted candle which one of them held in his hands. The Sultan repaired the damage, and also presented to the Sakhrah a large and magnificent copy of the Coran. This prince was


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