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Ibn Ibraq (Ibrāq)

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The Arab village in the place retained the name Ibn Ibraq when the inhabitants decided to change it to Khayriyyah in order to differentiate it from the new Jewish agricultural village, Bene Brak that was established a few kilometers to the north. Guérin, found a village called Barqa, where the villagers venerated a local saint called an-Nabi-Baraq. The site of the local saint, an-Nabi Baraq, like many similar local, popular sanctuaries, is not registered anywhere, but it seems that it must have been important enough to have had a building erected over a grave attributed to whoever he was, some thirty years before the conquest of Syria by the Fathimids. The building of the Sanctuary in Ibn Ibraq was ordered by no less than the qadi of Damascus, Abu Ali Husayn b. Isa b. Harun. He was nominated qadi of Damascus as the substitute for another nominee called Abu Tahir.

Keywords:Abu Ali Husayn; an-Nabi-Baraq; Bene Brak; Ibn Ibraq (Ibrāq); Jewish agricultural village; Khayriyyah; qadi of Damascus

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