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Gaza is a town in southern Palestine that lies at the junction of Via Maris, the old overland route that connects the Syrian territories with Egypt, and various caravan routes from the Arabian Peninsula. The town’s close connections to Egypt and Arabia distinguish it from other Mediterranean port cities. Gaza’s old town centre is situated on a low hill about three kilometres from the sea, within rich agricultural lands, favoured by advantageous water-table levels. From antiquity it was a major t…

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Büssow, Johann, “Gaza”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 28 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_27380>
First published online: 2014
First print edition: 9789004269637, 2014, 2014-4

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