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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 733 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ASHRAP (SHUREFA, SHERIFS), a small scattered tribe of African" Arabs " settled near Tokar, in the valleys of the Gash and Baraka, and in the Amarar country north of Suakin. They call themselves Beni Ilashin, and claim descent from Mahomet; hence their name, sherif (pluial ashraf) being the title applied todescendants of the prophet. In the time of the khalifa Abdulla (1885-1898), Ashrkf was the name by which the family and adherents of 'his late master the mandi Were known, the mandi's family claiming to, be Ashraf: The Ashraf of Tokar remained loyal to Egypt during the Sudan troubles. See Anglo-Egyptran Sudan, edited by Count Gletchen (London, 1905); Fire and Sward in the Sudan, by Slatin Pasha (London, 1896); for the Ashraf or Sherifs iri''Arttbia, see ARABIA: Geography.
ELIAS ASHMOLB (1617-1692)

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