Qarah, Sirie

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Qarah
قارة
Qārā, Karah
town
Qarah is located in Syria
Qarah
Qarah
Location in Sirie
Coordinates: 34°09′15″N 36°44′39″E / 34.15417°N 36.74417°E / 34.15417; 36.74417
Kintra  Sirie
Govrenorate Rif Dimashq Govrenorate
Destrict An-Nabk Destrict
Elevation 1,280 m (4,200 ft)
Population (2004 census)
 • Total 12,508

Qarah or Karah (Arabic: قارة) is a Sirie toun in the Qalamoun Destrict o the Rif Dimashq Govrenorate. It is locatit atween the Qalamoun Muntains an the Eastren Lebanon muntains range, 95 kilometres (59 mi) north o the caipital Damascus on the road tae the ceety o Homs.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

It wis the soothmaist toun in the Jund Hims militar destrict o Greater Sirie durin the Umayyad Caliphate.[1] Abu'l-Fida describit it in his Geografie o 1321 as a lairge veelage hauf wey atween Damascus an Homs. It is a waystation for the caravans. Maist o its inhabitants are Christians. It lees 1½ mairches frae Homs an 2 mairches frae Damascus.[2]

Syne the fowerteent century Qarah haes been eclipsed bi An-Nabk its neehbour tae the sooth.

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  1. Yaqut al-Hamawi as citit in le Strange, Guy (1890). Palestine Under the Moslems: A Description of Syria and the Holy Land from A.D. 650 to 1500. London: Alexander P. Watt for the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund. p. 36. OCLC 1004386. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  2. Quoted at le Strange, Guy (1890). Palestine Under the Moslems: A Description of Syria and the Holy Land from A.D. 650 to 1500. London: Alexander P. Watt for the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund. p. 478. OCLC 1004386. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 

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