Milad and Napoleon

Islam Reigns

Napoleon (1769 – 1821) and The French Army supported and Aided Celebrations of Mawlid.
It is mentioned by J. Christopher Herold regarding Celebration of Mawlid and Napoleon.
The Cairo notables seemed that they were not going to keep the festival. Napoleon therefore encouraged them, providing both a place and funding. Cairo celebrated for three days –sufis danced in the streets until they fell over from exhaustion, the French soldiers had fanfares and fireworks. During this time, Bonaparte was the guest of the sheikh Al Bakri. ‘In his black uniform, buttoned up to the neck, he made stark contrast with the sheikhs in their ceremonial robes, turbans, nodding to the rhythm of the verses of the Koran and telling their beads’ (Herold, J.C. in his book Bonaparte in Egypte, published in 1962, taken from http://www.napoleon.org/en/reading_room/articles/files/napoleon_egypt.asp).
This was also mentioned in عجائب الآثار في التراجم والأخبار by Abdul Rahman Jabarti (1756 –…

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