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Gaza (Ghazzah)

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One of the most ancient cities in the world, Ghaza, is found in Egyptian and other ancient documents. It strategic position shaped its history throughout the ages. Sitting as it was at the junction between the great empires of antiquity, Egypt on one hand and the rulers of the Fertile Crescent and Asia Minor on the other, each side at one time or the other fought for it. The Jewish community in Gaza continued to exist throughout the Islamic rule, and almost every traveller in the Middle Ages, particularly the Jewish ones, left reports about its size, and the sources of the livelihood of its members. Four years into the Ottoman rule there is no sign of any change in the language of the inscription. The titles, the style, and even the description of the office relating to the administrative division of the various provinces are the same as before.

Keywords: Gaza (Ghazzah); Jewish community; Middle Ages; Ottoman rule



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