Damascus

What is Damascus known for?


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anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli slogans while marching to the "People's Assembly" in a demonstration of between 10,000 (GLW estimate) to 200,000 protesters (CBS estimate and ''USA Today'' estimate). Massive Anti-War Outpouring (3rd ref) national National Progressive Front (National Progressive Front (Syria)) headquarters Damascus, Syria seats1_title People's Council (People's Council of Syria) national

National Progressive Front (National Progressive Front (Syria)) headquarters Damascus, Syria seats1_title People's Council (People's Council of Syria) FIDA formed in 1990 through a split in Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, bringing with it most of the DFLP structure in the West Bank. FIDA took a more moderate stance than the main DFLP (led by Naif Hawatmeh and based in Damascus, Syria) towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict


national scientific

in ''Mi'thnah Al-Shahm'', one of the neighborhoods of Old Damascus. Qabbani studied at the national Scientific College School in Damascus between 1930 and 1941. The school was owned and run by his father's friend, Ahmad Munif al-Aidi. He

; Qabbani was raised in ''Mi'thnah Al-Shahm'', one of the neighborhoods of Old Damascus. Qabbani studied at the national Scientific College School in Damascus between 1930 and 1941. The school was owned and run by his father's friend, Ahmad


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carrying Free French commanders General Georges Catroux and General Paul Louis Le Gentilhomme (Paul Legentilhomme) enters the city, escorted by French Circassian (Circassians) cavalry (''Gardes Tcherkess''). thumb Insigna of the Free French Forces in the Far East (French Indochina (File:Insigna of the Free French Forces in the Far East Langlade Mission.jpg)), Langlade Mission. - Damascus Embassy John Jenkins (diplomat) Dr John Jenkins


story written

-minded local lords, disenchanted with the autocratic rule of the Fihrids, intrigued with the arriving Umayyad exiles. ''Hadith Bayad wa Riyad'' (''The Story of Bayad and Riyad'') was a 13th century Arabic love story written in Al-Andalus. The main characters of the tale are Bayad, a merchant's son and a foreigner from Damascus, and Riyad, a well educated girl in the court of an unnamed Hajib (vizier or minister) of Al-Andalus who is referred to as the lady. The ''Hadith Bayad wa

by the ascension of the Abbasid Caliphate and the transfer of the capital from Damascus to Baghdad. Gregorian, Vartan. "Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith", Brookings Institution Press, 2003, pg 26-38 ISBN 081573283X Another medieval Arabic love story was ''Hadith Bayad wa Riyad'' (''The Story of Bayad and Riyad''), a 13th-century Arabic love story written in Al-Andalus. The main characters of the tale are Bayad, a merchant's


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patrons for these institutions were also women. According to the Sunni scholar Ibn Asakir in the 12th century, there were opportunities for female education in the medieval Islamic world (Islamic Golden Age), writing that women could study, earn ''ijazahs'' (academic degrees), and qualify


significant annual

is experiencing significant annual passenger growth rates. In 2010, an estimated 5.5 million passengers used the airport, an increase of more than 50% since 2004. "The Report: Syria 2010", A spur of the Ottoman Hejaz railway to Damascus was built through the area, and a station was opened nearby at Sebastia (Sebastia, Middle East). Unfortunately, after the collapse of the Ottomans, locals took apart


including books

including books throughout the Second Temple Period, and some deuterocanonical books like Ben Sira (Sirach) and First Maccabees as well, making it probable that most literate Jews knew the Jewish scriptures in Hebrew (especially as Hebrew and Aramaic are fairly cognate, even some parts of the Hebrew Bible are written in Biblical Aramaic and the ''square-script'' was originally Aramaic, artifacts of the classical period (during the period of the First Temple) such as the Siloam inscription and Lachish ostraca being written in the Paleo-Hebrew alphabet). There were also the Targums, Aramaic translations of the Hebrew Bible, though scholars debate how widely these were circulated in the 1st century in Israel, possibly only in specialized circumstances. WikiPedia:Damascus commons:دمشق


intelligence influence

in Mari (Mari, Syria). Syria Gate - About Syria - Palmyra Retrieved 2008-11-16. Despite the lack, to date, of any actual substantial evidence implicating any party or individual, the Syrian government has borne the brunt of Lebanese and international outrage at the murder, because of its extensive military and intelligence influence in Lebanon, as well as the public rift between Hariri and Damascus


selling sweet

stalls also have a range of dishes like hot dog, sojouq (Armenian sausage), liver (soda) and meat (kebab etc.). These may not always be the safest to eat. Fruits and vegetables which are not peeled might cause infections, but are still very good. Select places that have a steady stream of customers. The area around Martyr's square is polluted with pastry shops selling sweet, tasty and cheap baklava. Do not try to eat in empty places only crowded restaurants and food places are safe otherwise you may get food poisoning from Shawerma sandwiches or any other product (especially in summer) so beware! Mid-range * WikiPedia:Damascus commons:دمشق


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Damascus

'''Damascus''' ( ''). In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities (List of cities by time of continuous habitation) in the world, Damascus is a major cultural and religious center of the Levant. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000 (2009 est.).

Located in southwestern Syria, Damascus is the center of a large metropolitan area of 2.6 million people (2004). Central Bureau of Statistics Syria Syria census 2004 Geographically embedded on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range above sea-level, Damascus experiences a semi-arid climate due to the rain shadow effect. The Barada River (Barada) flows through Damascus.

First settled in the second millennium BC, it was chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. After the victory of the Abbasid dynasty, the seat of Islamic power was moved to Baghdad. Damascus saw a political decline throughout the Abbasid era, only to regain significant importance in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. During Ottoman (Ottoman Empire) rule, the city decayed completely while maintaining a certain cultural prestige. Today, it is the seat of the central government and all of the government ministries.

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