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Sheikh Hussam Al-din Jarallah

(1884 - 1954)

Born in 1884 in Jerusalem; graduate of al-Azhar University, Cairo; leading member of the Supreme Muslim Council; in 1918 Muslim representative to the Administrative Committee of the MCA; allied with the Nashashibis; topped the list of candidates chosen by the ulama (and fully supported by the Nashashibi family) in 1921 for the title of Mufti but persuaded, mainly by the British, to resign; lifelong rival of Haj Amin al-Husseini; Chief Justice and Inspector of the Muslim religious courts in Palestine; in the mid-1930s Inspector of the Education Department in Jerusalem; from October 1937 he served as the sole Muslim member of the Council after its other members had been deported or exiled; appointed Mufti of Jerusalem and Chief Qadi on December 20, 1948 (replacing Haj Amin Husseini); died 6 March 1954 in Jerusalem.

Sources: PASSIA