LIBRARY SERIES (2)

The Tomb of Hazrat-E Ali
Historical Background and Recent Events

Abdul Ghafoor Safa and Mohammad Yunnis Sakayi 1999

CONTENTS

> Introduction
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Historical Background of the Construction
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Role of the Tomb in the Creation and Development of Mazar-i-Sharif
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Endowments to the Sacred Tomb
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Administration and Officeholders
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Changes in Paintings and Inscriptions
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The Madrassa Workshop for Tile-makers
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Former Maintenance of the Tomb Complex
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Reasons for Deterioration
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Efforts by the Commission of Basic Repairs
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Decorative Renovations
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The People and the Parks
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The Tomb, Gul-i-Surkh and Folksongs
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Conclusions and Proposals



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