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The Kawliya or Qawliya or Kowawlah (Arabic,كاولية or كاولي) are a nomadic people (Gypsies) from Iraq. Gypsy means Qawliya in Arabic. The Qawliya are known for their dancers and music.

Qawliya is also the name of a village, located about 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, where Gypsies live.[1] The village was reportedly destroyed by a militia controlled by a militant Shiite Muslim cleric. The exact circumstances are not clear.

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  1. ^ In a Gypsy Village's Fate, An Image of Iraq's Future. The Washington Post. April 3, 2004. Report about the raiding and destruction of the village Qawliya in Iraq.