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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
page 443



of colleges. Of these the majority would be unknown to, or possess but little interest for, the European reader, I will therefore content myself with mentioning a few who have written upon or otherwise distinguished themselves in connection with the Holy City. Sheikh el Islam Burhan-ed-din, chief Càdhi of Jerusalem, died in 1388. The marble pulpit in the Cubbet es Sakhrah, from which the sermon is preached on feast days, was the gift of this divine. Es Saiyid Beared-din Salem, a lineal descendant of 'Ali ibn Abi Tâlib, was also connected for some time with the Haram at Jerusalem. He was esteemed a great saint, and was visited as such by pious Muslims even during his lifetime. Many miracles are recorded of him, and it is said that the birds and wild beasts came to make pilgrimages to his tomb and those of his sons—at Sharafât in the Wâdy en Nusur, about three days' journey from Jerusalem—and prostrate themselves with their faces on the ground at the door of the small building which covers the graves. They are still objects of great veneration to Muslim pilgrims.in Palestine. Es Sheikh Abu !1 Hasan el Maghaferf exercised the office of Khatfb, or preacher, in Jerusalem. He studied the celebrated history of the city by Ibn 'Asâker, under the direction of its author, in A.D. 1200. Shemsed-din el 'Alimi accepted the office of chief Cadhi of Jerusalem in 1438, towards the end of the reign of Sultan Barsebai. An incident is related in the notices of his life which throws some light upon the condition of the Christians in the city. A church of large dimensions, and furnished with a magnificent dome, existed on the south side of the Holy Sepulchre, in close proximity to the Haram es Sherif. This was a favourite place of worship with the Christian inhabitants, and the chaunting of the priests could be heard in the Cubbet es Sakhrah itself, to the great scandal of the " Faithful." While they were concerting measures for putting a stop to the services


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