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Nablus' ancient mosques tell story of religions throughout history

Dozens of mosques dating back thousands of years are spread around the old city of Nablus, reflecting the rich history of the city.
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NABLUS, West Bank — The mosques in the old town of Nablus, in the north of the West Bank, reflect the history of the city across different eras, including the Islamic conquests, the Crusades and the Mamluk and Byzantine eras. While Islamic communities settled in Nablus following the Islamic conquests, a number of the city’s mosques are linked to Judaism and Christianity due to the presence of Christian and Samaritan communities in the city after the Byzantine era.

In this context, Jumaa al-Afghani, an official at the Palestinian Ministry of Awqaf in charge of Nablus' mosques, told Al-Monitor, “The city is home to 90 mosques, 11 of which are located in the old city and that are seen as some of the oldest in Palestine — dating back 600-1,000 years.”

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