Friday, January 07, 2005

Mosul in the history

I found these few lines about Mosul in one of the internet sites. I hope they will be of interest to you.

"City in Iraq with approximately 570,000 inhabitants. Situated in the northwestern part of the country, on the west bank of Tigris, and close to the ruined Assyrian city of Nineveh.

The economical base of the city is production of cereals and livestock, oil production, oil refineries, cement factories, cotton products, textile mills, and tanneries. Even though muslin is no longer produced here, Mosul is the city that named the product.

Mosul has many ancient buildings, of which the Great Mosque, the Red Mosque, and the Mosque of Nabi Jarjis are the most famous. The town centre is dominated by a maze of streets and attractive 19th century houses.

H I S T O R Y
8th century:
Mosul grows into becoming the most important city of northwestern Mesopotamia. The city serves as an important stop on the caravan route between the Mediterranean Sea and India.
1127:
Mosul becomes the capital of the Zangid dynasty.
1222: The Zangids are sacked by Sultan Badru d-Din Lu'lu'.
1258:
Mosul is destroyed by the Mongols under the leadership of Hülegü, and Sultan Badru d-Din Lu'lu's forces are driven out of town. This marks the end to Mosul's prosperity.
1534: The Ottomans take control over
Mosul, turning it into a commercial and administrative centre for its region.
1918: The British take control over
Mosul.
1926: A border settlement makes Mosul Iraqi, overlooking the Turkish claims on the city."

6 comments:

jimmy said...

It is my understanding the ancient city of Mosul is very close to the Biblical Garden of Eden. So it must be a very beautiful area. a city with as much history as this has the ability to be a strong influence in a newly elected democracy. I continue to pray for the residents of Mosul and Iraq as the elections aproach. Are you and your family and friends going to vote in the elections? Please stand up and be counted amoung the brave and free.
God's speed to you and yours.

Terrible said...

Truth teller,
I'm very glad you started your blog and look forward to reading it. I just found it from hnk's blog. I've been blessed to have been able to read other blogs from Iraq and it's great to hear yet another perspective. Good luck and the best of wishes for you.
Ted
in Vermont

Mad Canuck said...

Hi Truth Teller,

I found your blog through a link on hnk's blog - welcome to the blogosphere! Your first few posts have been interesting, and I look forward to reading more from you in the coming weeks.

It is especially nice to see a blog from Mosul - with all the news coming from Mosul in the last couple of months, it is refreshing to read the different perspectives bloggers can offer.

One thing I will caution you about: on the Internet, you will meet a lot of good-hearted people, but there are also a few mean-spirited idiots who may email you or post comments on your blog. Some people in particular ("trolls"), seek cheap comic entertainment by randomly insulting you and others in an attempt to elicit angry reactions. The best suggestion I can make is to expect these types of people, and not to pay them any mind if they do show up.

The next few weeks may be rough with the elections coming up - I wish you and your family a safe and uneventful January.

Best regards,
Shawn - www.madcanuck.com

Anonymous said...

I lived in Mosul for one year and it was before that city got really bad. we travel througout the city without any problems. I ate in several of Mosul restuarants. Most of the peoples seems to like the Americans. As time grew on roud about Aug and Sep of 03, things got really bad in Mosul. anyone who wants to know more about Mosul frojm 2003 and 2004. My address is trdixon2820@netscape.net

Ray said...

Thank you Doctor for your Blog. Your Daughter's Blog and yours give me a glimpse of life in your country...Not exactly as my government professes, but not as Al Jazerra professes either. As the father of two daughters myself, I am touched by your feelings of concern for yours. Mine are just now achieving independence, and it is quite a relief. My wish and prayer for your daughters is that they will be free to achieve their highest destany and that you will be able to retire to enjoy their success.
Ray (Indiana, USA)

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