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Is there a testament of Iftikhar?

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Submitted by martin walker (United Kingdom), Jun 16, 2016 at 07:23

I recall being told by an Israeli friend that Iftikhar al-Dawla, governor of Jerusalem at the time of the First Crusade, reached an agreement for free passage from the defeated city for himself, his family and guards, and as part of it he wrote a testament saying that Jerusalem was of no real significance to Muslims. Is there any truth in this?

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I do not know that this is wrong, but it is unfamiliar to me. As I understand it, Iftikhar al-Dawla won free passage and saved his life by abandoning the Tower of David to the Crusaders led by Raymond of Toulouse. I do not know of a testament.

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