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Israel uncovers uncommon early mosque in semidesert area of Negev


RAHAT

Israeli archaeologists on Wednesday unveiled a uncommon historical mosque within the country’s south that the antiquities officers stated sheds gentle on the area’s transition from Christianity to Islam.

The stays of the mosque, believed to be greater than 1,200 years previous, had been found throughout works to construct a brand new neighbourhood within the Bedouin metropolis of Rahat, the Israel Antiquities Authority stated in an announcement.

The mosque situated within the Negev desert comprises “a sq. room and a wall dealing with the course of Makkah”, with a half-circle area of interest in that wall pointing to the south, the IAA stated.

“These distinctive architectural options present that the constructing was used as a mosque,” the authority stated, noting it most likely hosted a couple of dozen worshippers at a time.

A brief distance from the mosque, a “luxurious property constructing” was additionally found, with stays of tableware and glass artefacts pointing to the wealth of its residents, the IAA stated.

Three years in the past, the authority unearthed one other mosque close by from the identical period of the seventh to eighth century AD, calling the 2 Islamic locations of worship “among the many earliest recognized worldwide”.

The mosques, property, and different properties discovered close by illuminate “the historic process that passed off within the northern Negev with the introduction of a brand new faith — the faith of Islam, and a brand new rulership and tradition within the area,” the IAA stated.

“These had been regularly established, inheriting the sooner Byzantine government and Christian faith that held sway over the land for tons of of years.”

The Muslim conquest of the area occurred within the first half of the seventh century.

The IAA stated the mosques present in Rahat could be preserved of their present places, whether or not as historic monuments or as lively locations of prayer.

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