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The guide of Palestine has been written and revealed in the course of a interval of transition within the management of the rustic. whereas the ebook was once within the press the Council of the League of countries officially authorized the conferment on nice Britain of the Mandate for Palestine; and, consequent upon this act, a brand new structure is to come back into strength, the nominated Advisory Council might be succeeded by means of a partially elected Legislative Council, and different adjustments towards higher self-government, which had awaited the ratification of the Mandate, have gotten operative. back, at the 1st July, 1922, the executive divisions of the rustic have been reorganized. The editors of the guide have endeavoured, to the easiest in their skill, to maintain speed with those alterations and to make the paintings as updated as attainable; yet, in view of the problems with which they've been confronted during this connexion, they ask the indulgence in their readers if, from time to time, occasions have moved speedier than the printer.

They wish gratefully to recognize the help that has been so with no trouble positioned at their disposal. within the first position they want to thank the excessive Commissioner for the encouragement he has given them of their job, and for being more than enough to give a contribution the creation to the volume.

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Perliaps both sides awaited reinforcements and feared to risk attack. Apparently the Greeks at length took the offensive. The Arab victory was of supreme importance for the future of Islam and therefore for the history of the world. Unfortunately the course of the battle cannot be ascertained in detail. Certainly the Moslems were not greatly superior in point of numbers. During one phase of the struggle the Greeks appear to have been within sight of victory. But the composite character of their army was a disadvantage.

There is no space here to enter into the extremely picturesque of the ; it must suffice to chronicle details of Crusading history the outstanding facts. In the reign of Baldwin II. the Latin conquests in the East reached their climax and the Kings of Jerusalem, together with their vassals, the Princes of Galilee, the Counts of Ascalon and Joppa, the Lord of Montreal and others, ruled the land in feudal fashion. The organization of the kingdom is well displayed in the famous ; ' Assizes of Jerusalem,' which laid down the constitution of the country on a strictly feudal basis.

In 1672, however, was held the important Synod of Jerusalem, which made the last notable official pronounceof ment of the Orthodox Church in matters of faith. Present condition. The British civil administration of Palestine found, on its assumption of office, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem in a state of tribulation, partly owing to financial difficulties caused by the cessation of financial supplies from Russia, partly owing to a deadlock which had — arisen between the Patriarch Damianos and his Synod.

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