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Iksal is a large village south of Nazareth and west of Mount Tabor, the site of the Biblical Kislot-Tabor or Kesulloth. Henry Baker Tristram, who visited Iksal, left a detailed description of the castle in his itinerary, noting that he found no literary mention of it. When he and his companions entered the village they were taken to the "remains of an old square fortress with a strong roomy tower at each corner". Iksal is a village belonging to the province of al-Urdunn. There are five parasanges between it and Tiberias. It is mentioned in some chronicles. In it was the famous battle between the supporters of Sayf ad-Dawlah b. Hamdan and Kafur al-Ikhshidi. There is no mention in the Crusaders' records of a castle in Iksal, but there was a Crusaders village in Buria, which is identified as the neighbouring Dabburiyyah.

Keywords:Crusaders village; Henry Baker Tristram; Iksal; Mount Tabor; Nazareth; Sayf ad-Dawlah



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