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ID: 7018612
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Al-Kūfah (inhabited place)  Al-Kūfah (inhabited place)

Coordinates:
Lat: 32 01 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 32.0167  decimal degrees
Long: 044 23 00 E  degrees minutes   Long: 44.3833  decimal degrees

Note: Was an early trading town in Mesopotamia; founded in 7th cen. at same time as Basra; both towns became important Islamic cultural centers of early Ommiad caliphs; flourished 7th-8th cen. with population of 200,000; taken by Karmathians in 890.

Names:
Al-Kūfah (preferred,C,V)
Al-Kufa (C,V)
Kufa (C,V)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Asia (continent)  ....  Asia (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of Iraq (nation)  ........  Iraq (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of An Najaf (governorate)  ............  An Najaf (governorate) (P)
Hierarchy of Al-Kūfah (inhabited place)  ................  Al-Kūfah (inhabited place) (P)

Place Types:
inhabited place (preferred, C)  ............  founded by Caliph Omar I in 638 AD
town (C)
religious center (C)
cultural center (H)  ............  famed as literary center where Kufic angular Arabic script developed & was used for Koran & on monuments & coins
political center (H)
trade center (H)

Sources and Contributors:
Al-Kufa..........  [VP]
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 34
Al-Kūfah..........  [VP Preferred]
.................  NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
Kufa..........  [VP]
...........  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 34
Subject: .....  [VP]
..................  NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 34
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]

 

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