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Burdah (Arab.)
1. A mantle, but especially one of the Prophet Muḥammad's mantles, given away as a gift. The Ottomans claimed to possess a cloak of the Prophet, and this khirqai-sharif formed part of their claim to be authentic caliphs (khalīfa).

2. The name of a famous, often-recited, poem, al-Burdah, praising the Prophet, by al-Buṣīrī (1213–96 CE (AH 610–95)).

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