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This historical e-book could have a number of typos and lacking textual content. buyers can obtain a unfastened scanned reproduction of the unique e-book (without typos) from the writer. no longer listed. no longer illustrated. 1822 variation. Excerpt: the shrine of the saint. in a single nook stands a small plate, upon which one of the most religious viewers position a bit of incense. A wood partition separates the tomb from the mosque, the place the Turks regularly say a couple of prayers ahead of they input the interior residence. at the open air of the development is a really huge and deep cistern a lot frequented by means of the Bedouins. here's a nice view over the Ghor. Rieha, or Jericho, is obvious at an outstanding distance to the southward. approximately part an hour to the N. W. of Osha, at the reduce a part of the mountain, is the ruined position referred to as Kafer Houda (by, As pilgrimage within the east is mostly coupled with mercantile speculations, Osha's tomb is way resorted to for advertisement reasons, and prefer Mekka and Jerusalem, is reworked right into a reasonable on the time of the stopover at of the pilgrims. The Arabs of the Belka, particularly the Beni Szakher, carry the following Kelly or soap-ashes, which they burn in the course of the summer season in huge amounts: those are received up via a service provider of Nablous, who has for a few years monopolized the alternate listed here. The soap-ashes received from the herb Shiman, of the Belka, are esteemed the easiest within the kingdom, to the S. of Damascus, as these of Palmyra are reckoned the easiest in northern Syria. they're bought through the Arabs for approximately part a crown the English cwt., however the client is obliged to pay heavy tasks upon them. the manager of the Arabs of El Adouan, who's regarded upon because the lord of the Belka, even if his tribe is at the present significantly weakened, exacts for himself 5 piastres from each camel load, piastres for his author, and piastres for his slave. town of Szalt takes one piastre for each load, the produce of which accountability is split one of the public taverns of the city. The...

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2 Djissr - Bridge. 3 Wady – Valley. 4 Souk (market) is an appellation often added to villages, which have periodical markets. 5 Moye - Water. 6 Argile - A Persian pipe, in which the smoke passes through water. 7 Belad - District, province. 8 Djebel – Mountain. 9 Bir – Well. 10 The Pike is a linear measure, equal to two feet English, when used for goods of home manufacture, and twenty-seven inches for foreign imported commodities. 11 The following are the names of villages in Belad Baalbec, between Baalbec and Zahle.

We slept at El Heimte, in the house of the Druse Sheikh, and the Khatib, or Turkish priest of the village, gave us a plentiful supper. The Druses in this district affect to adhere strictly to the religious precepts of the Turks. The greater part of the inhabitants of El Heimte are Druses belonging to Rasheia. Near it are the villages of Biri and Refit. October 11th. - We set out at day-break, and at the end of an hour passed on the left the Druse villages Deneibe and Mimis, and at two hours Sefa on our right, also a Druse village.

From thence in two hours and a half we reached the Djissr-Moiet-Hasbeya, or bridge of the river of Hasbeya, whose source is hard by; the road lying the whole way over rocky ground little susceptible of culture. From the Djissr we turned up a steep Wady E. b. S. and arrived, in about three quarters of an hour, at Hasbeya, situated on the top of a mountain of no great height. I had letters from the Greek patriarch of Damascus to the Greek bishop of Hasbeya, in whose house, four years ago, Dr. Seetzen spent a week, having been prevented from proceeding by violent snow and rain.

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