A flag made of Turbans?

Funk and Wagnalls 1935 Encyclopedia of Universal Knowledge

Funk and Wagnalls 1935 Encyclopedia of Universal Knowledge

And there we were, minding our own business in the local used book store, when this beauty practically jumped off the shelf as we walked by; and what an impressive title: an “Encyclopedia of Universal Knowledge”! Fighting all temptations, we left this one-of-a-kind treasure available for you to purchase by contacting the book store.

What a Deal!

Naturally, Dear Reader, our eyes fell upon Volume XII:  Fichte – Franklin which included entries beginning with “Flag”. (You knew it was going to get around to this, didn’t you?) Lo and behold, we discovered an entry entitled, “Flag of the Prophet”.

We did take a picture of the text for you (hoping the copyrights from 1935 had expired), but this may be a bit small for you to read. So, just for the love of the game, we have painstakingly transcribed the text for you by hand (so to speak). So here, for your entertainment pleasure and edification, is that transcription:

Flag of the Prophet text

Tiny huh?

Flag of the Prophet, the sacred banner of the Mohammedans. It was originally of a white color, and was composed of the turbans of the Koreish, captured by Mohammed. A black flag was, however, soon substituted in its place, consisting of the curtain that hung before the door of Ayesha, the favorite wife of the Prophet.

This flag, regarded by the Mohammedans as their most sacred relic, was first held by the successors of Omar at Camascus; it afterward fell into the hands of the Abbassides, caliphs of Bagdad, and at a later period was brought into Europe by Amurath III. It was covered with 42 wrappings of silk, deposited in a costly casket, and preserved in a chapel in the interior of the seraglio, where it is guarded by several emirs, with constant prayers. The banner unfolded at the commencement of a war, and likewise carefully preserved, is not the same, altho it is believed by the people to be so.

Fascinating, eh? There are a (very) few references to the “Flag of the Prophet” on the Internet, but none so quaintly concise as this. We just thought we’d share. Let us know what you think.

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