Letters, Dec. 1, 1941

Major Glubb's Tasbih


In TIME, Nov. 3, under World War,"D.S.O. to a Legend," article about Major John Bagot Glubb [Commander of Britain's Arab Legion in Trans-Jordan].

Major Glubb's many years in the East seem to have given him more than Arabic nicknames. He seems to have acquired the Mohammedan practice of fingering the Tasbih. The Tasbih could be called the Mohammedan Rosary. Composed of 33, 66 or 99 beads, it is used by the faithful in the repetition of the 99 names which express the attributes of Allah. These beads are generally fingered...

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