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Haifa

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The inscriptions in this chapter represent the modern city of Haifa. Until the beginning of the 19th century, Haifa was still a small village that had been rebuilt in 1769 after the former village had been demolished by Ẓāhir al-ʿUmar, the Bedouin ruler of the Galilee. Two major developments influenced the modern history of Haifa, contributed to its prosperity and in a way also enhanced the air of tolerance in it: one was the building of the Ḥijāzī railway which connected Damascus with Medina in the Ḥijāzī with a subsidiary line to Haifa via Dar?ah; the second was the building of the deep water port in 1933. The Muslim Istiqlāl cemetery, the old cemetery of modern Haifa is located not far from the ?Haifa East? train station, next to the central mosque of the city bearing the same name.

Keywords: Ḥijāzī railway; Haifa; inscriptions; Muslim Istiqlāl cemetery

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