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Friday, June 11, 2010

Tunisia Trip -- Part Forty Two

Our next stop was at the magnificent "Barber's Mosque", built over the mausoleum of Sidi Sahab, a companion of Muhammad's who, according to legend, had such reverence for the Prophet that he always carried with him a few strands of his beard, hence the term "the Barber". He was not, however, the Prophet's barber who is buried in Gabes. The tomb dates from the seventh century and the mosque was erected in the seventeenth. Most of the wonderful decoration was added in the nineteenth century. Check it out!

While at the mosque we encountered these women. The one on the right is carrying an infant in her arms. We were told that they had come there to have the child circumcised. I don't know if that's true, but the women certainly seemed happy about something.

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