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Image from page 143 of "Egypt painted and described" (1902)

Identifier: egyptpainteddesc00kell

Title: Egypt painted and described

Year: 1902 (1900s)

Authors: Kelly, Robert Talbot, 1861-1934

Subjects: Egypt -- Description and travel

Publisher: London, A. & C. Black

Contributing Library: New York University, Institute of Fine Arts Library

Digitizing Sponsor: Sloan Foundation

 

 

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children with absolute confidence in its medicinalproperty. The Red Mosque at Bulak also has peculiar sanctity.I purposed painting it some years ago, but my servantwarned me that it would be useless my making theattempt. Why so ? I asked, and he gravely informedme that once an artist tried to do so, and a stone fellfrom the minaret and killed him ; on another occasionthe water of the meydaah, or tank, had turned toblood ; and he was sure that whatever I might paintduring the day Allah would obliterate by night,even if nothing worse befell. It so happens that, otherwork interfering, I have never yet been able to carryout my intention, and so disabuse my servants mindof its curious belief. It is said that for a year the devout Moslem mayworship each day in a different mosque without com-pleting the round of Cairos religious edifices. Thisstatement is certainly well inside the mark, there beingprobably four hundred or more recognised mosques in 52 GRILL IN THE MOSQUE OF THE SULTAN KELAUN

 

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Mosques and Public Buildings the city, in addition to many sheykhs tombs, wheredevotees may perform their rekka. Any visitor wandering through the streets of Cairocould not fail to be struck with the number and, inmany cases, the extreme beauty of these buildings. Their origin, however, was not due entirely todevout feeling or a sense of religious obligation. Pic-torial and sculptural representation being forbidden bvthe Mohammedan code, such buildings formed the onlypossible monument to departed greatness, and suppliedmuch of the historical record of Mohammedan rulein Egypt. Another explanation of the extraordinarynumber of these buildings may be found in the factthat in olden days Khalifs and Cadis, Pashas andMuftis, were alike rapacious, and not over-scrupulousto regard the wishes of departed city fathers as to thedisposal of their worldly goods, and their legitimateheirs not infrequently went begging in consequence ofofficial sequestration in the name of God and the Prophet.So fre

 

 

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