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Najaf - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1119 words)
Najaf is renowned as the site of the tomb of Ali ibn Abi Talib (also known as Imam Ali), who the Shi'a consider to be their founder and first Imam; however, some believe he is buried at Mazar-e Sharif in Afghanistan.
The Najaf area was situated near the Sassanid city of Suristan and at the time of the Sassanids was a part of the Middle Bih-Kavad province of Persia.
Even so, Najaf lost its religious primacy to the Iranian city of Qom in the 19th century and was not to regain it until the late 20th century.
Najaf (980 words)
Najaf (نجف in the Arabic language) is a city in Iraq, about 160 km south of Baghdad, located at 31.99°N 44.33°E. Its estimated population in 2003 was 585,600 people.
It is the capital of An Najaf province.
It was widely reported in the U.S. media that al-Qaida terrorists were possibly to blame but the murder was later blamed by the U.S. on followers of the radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who was engaged in a power struggle with the al-Hakim faction at the time.
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