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Najaf

[naj-af] /ˈnædʒ æf/
noun
1.
a city in central Iraq: holy city of the Shiʿites; shrine contains tomb of Ali (a.d. c600–661), founder of the Shiʿite sect.
Also, An-Najaf.
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Najaf

/ˈnædʒæf/
noun
1.
a holy city in central Iraq, near the River Euphrates; burial place of the Caliph Ali and a centre of the Shiite faith. Pop: 639 000 (2005 est)
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city, capital of Al-Najaf muhafazah (governorate), central Iraq. Located about 100 miles (160 km) south of Baghdad, Al-Najaf lies on a ridge just west of the Euphrates River. It is one of Shi'ite Islam's two holy cities (the other being Karbala', also in Iraq) that is widely held to be the resting place of 'Ali ibn Abi Talib-Shi'ite Islam's most revered figure-whose tomb is located near the city's centre

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