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14 Mar 06
Orientalist observations, pt. 2
This photograph is taken at the arts & handicraft market near the Tekkiye mosque, which was planned by the famous architect Sinan (thanks art historians), on the orders of the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Great between 1556 and 1574. During this time, Damascus was merely a province capital. It also served as an important gathering place for pilgrims on their way further south, to Mecca and Medina.

I have photos of this mosque, but for now, I choose to show this cat. This I have heard: in the Traditions of the Prophet, Hadith, there's a passage that tells about a cat that has fallen asleep on the sleeve of Muhammad's, well, shirt or whatever. Or was it on his arm? Anyway, he then proceeded to cut off the sleeve so that the cat could continue its sleep. *Hint to concert organizers*

About the handicraft. Someone in our group said that we bought enough scarves to build a tent. Now that's an understatement, in case she didn't mean a military tent. And those boxes. Wooden boxes with patterns and inlays of mother-of-pearl. These boxes and scarves cost a fortune compared to a taxi ride, a visit to the public bath, or even a full-blown dinner. But the art historians knew they were doing. My wooden box is a work of art and so is my scarf.
written by Mattias
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så spännande att läsa. mera mera!
posted by   monica
ja, när vi tröttnar på våra scarfar har vi i alla fall nånstans att bo :)
posted by   Mikaela och Sofia
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