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Samaritans under Muslim Rule
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The archaeological history of Shechem, the chief city of Samaria, goes back to the fourth millennium B.C.E. Early in the second millennium, it is mentioned in the Egyptian execration texts. Over the centuries, the district was continuously populated. The Samaritans, as they emerged, always retained their capital, and the rural population of Samaria preserved their ethn…

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Friedrich Niessen, “Samaritans under Muslim Rule”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 30 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0019020>
First published online: 2010

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