Author : Emile Foucher
Year : 1994
Within the walls of Harar and its close vicinity, there is such a remarkable concentration of shrines that the old city wel1 deserves to be cal1ed “the town of the Saints”. Harar is wel1 known as such in the Muslim world; for example, in Azerbaijan a Harari was asked many questions about Harar, his birth-place. Harar is designated as “Madinat al-Awliya “, Awliya being the plural of wali, a saint, a friend of God, as in “The friends of Allah, awliya Allah”.