The Cult Of Muslim Saints In Harar: Religious Dimension

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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”.