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with a rich carpet. In a Mosque [indecipherable] no music, distinctions or chairs are allowed. The Sultan may sit down alongside a beggar. In every Mosque there is always a recess (a recess so that a blind man can find it by feeling) in one of the walls towards which the congregation must face. This makes them all face Mecca. The preacher ascends about thirty steps into his pulpit & delivers his sermon with face towards the Holy City & back turned to his listeners. There is also a reading desk. Close at hand to the Citadel are two other Mosques. That of Sultan Hassan was built in 1022. Lord Kitchener is having

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