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Queen of Sheba

"During the Middle Ages, Herat was a great Sufi center - mystical and profoundly spiritual Islam. Not by accident the city's patron saint is Khawaja Abdullah Ansari, an 11th-century Sufi poet and philosopher. Genghis Khan conquered Herat in 1222 and spared only 40 of its 160,000 inhabitants. Less than two centuries later the city recovered its glory when Tamerlan's son and his wife - queen Gowhar Shad - transferred the capital of the empire from Samarkand to Herat."

"The Hebrew Bible devotes some thirteen verses to the Queen of Sheba. 1 Kings 10.1-13 (copied in 2 Chronicles 9.1-12) relates that the Queen of Sheba journeyed to King Solomon's Jerusalem with an impressive and numerous entourage, eager to "prove him with hard questions." Solomon's wisdom and the greatness of his court impressed the queen, she gave him rich gifts, he gave her "all her desire" (a phrase that either reflected or suggested legends of a hexual relationship), and she returned, never to be heard from again."

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  • Armenia
  • Jun 6, 2006
  • English

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