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Wilson, Charles William, Sir. Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Vol. 1 - Page 452. 1881. Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 24, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/exotic/item/2694/show/2662.

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Title Picturesque Palestine, Sinai, and Egypt, Vol. 1
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Wilson, Charles William, Sir
Publisher D. Appleton and Company
Date 1881
Description Index: Introduction / by the Very Rev. Dean Stanley -- Jerusalem / by Col. Wilson -- Bethlehem and the north of Judaea / by the Rev. Canon Tristram -- The mountains of Judah and Ephraim / by Lieut. Conder -- Samaria and the Plain of Esdraelon / by Miss E. Rogers -- Esdraelon and Nazareth / by the Rev. Canon Tristram -- Galilee, Northern Galilee, Caesarea Philippi and the highlands of Galilee, Mount Hermon and its temples / by the Rev. Dr. S. Merrill -- Damascus / by the Rev. Dr. P. Schaff -- Palmyra, The Wady Barada, Ba'albek / by the Rev. S. Jessup.
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Egypt
  • Palestine
  • Sinai Peninsula
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  • books
  • illustrations (layout features)
  • plates (illustrations)
  • maps (documents)
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location DS107 .W73 v. 1
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b1703789~S11
Digital Collection Exotic Impressions: Views of Foreign Lands
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Repository Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript 452 PICTURESQUE PALESTINE. shrine and bring presents to the sheikhs in charge of them. Men of every sect revere these old tombs—Greeks, Catholics, Muslims, Druses, Turkomans, and Bedawin regard them as common property, and the sheikh cares nothing for the religion of the pilgrim if he be propitiated by an offering. Many Muslim shrines are of doubtful authenticity. The Arabs delight to tell the story of one, Sheikh Mohammed, who was the keeper of a wely of eminent sanctity, the tomb of a noted saint. Pilgrims thronged to it from every side, and Mohammed grew rich from their costly offerings. At length his servant Ali, dissatisfied with his meagre share of the revenue, ran away to the east of the Jordan, taking his master's donkey. The donkey died on the road, and Ali having covered his body with a heap of stones, sat down in despair. A passerby asked him why he sat thus in lonely grief? He replied that he had found the tomb of an AN ARAB SHRINE, SOUTH-WEST OF BA'ALBEK, Called Kubbet Duris, after the neighbouring village of Duris; it is a modern structure formed of eight ancient granite columns clumsily set up and surmounted by a heavy architrave. An enormous sarcophagus, standing on end, serves as the mihrab, or Muslim prayer niche. eminent saint. The man kissed the stones, and giving Ali a present, passed on. The news of the holy wely spread through the land. Pilgrims thronged to Ali, who soon grew rich, built a fine kubbeh, or dome, and was the envy of all the sheikhs. Mohammed, hearing of the new wely, and finding his own shrine eclipsed by its growing popularity, made a pilgrimage to it, in hopes of ascertaining the source of its great repute. On finding Ali in charge, he whispered to him, and asked the name of the saint whose tomb he had in charge. Ali said, " I will tell you, on condition that you tell me the name of your saint." Mohammed consenting, Ali whispered, " God alone is great! This is the tomb of the donkey I stole from you." " Mashallah ! " said Mohammed, " and my wely is the tomb of that donkey's father ! " It is a curious psychological fact, that although the Syrians are generally extremely credulous, they delight in stories which make credulity ridiculous.