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A village, to the west of Nabulus on the main road that connected Sebastia with Antipartris. The full name of the place is Qaryat Hajjah which is the Arabic version of the Samaritan and Hebrew name ???? ??? . According to the Samaritan Chronicle, the fourth century Samaritan leader Baba Rabbah, who led the first major revolt against the Byzantines, built a synagogue in the village and in seven others all over Samaria. The dedication of holy sites to unknown local "prophets" is a very common practice all over the country. There is no local tradition about the maqam-mazar of ash-Shaykh 'Ata. The village mosque of Hajjah was built, according to the inscriptions, between 722/1322 and 723/1323 and its minaret in 735/1334. The name of the sultan an-Nasir Muhammad, who reigned at the time of the establishment of the mosque and minaret in Hajjah mentioned in the last two inscriptions.

Keywords:an-Nasir Muhammad; Baba Rabbah; Hajjah; Samaritan Chronicle



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