Samaheej

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Coordinates: 26°16′59″N 50°38′01″E / 26.28298°N 50.63348°E / 26.28298; 50.63348

Samaheej (Arabic: سماهيج‎ Samāhīj) is a village in Bahrain on the northern coast of Muharraq Island. Al Dair village lies to its northwest, while Galali lies to its southeast. It is north of Bahrain International Airport.

Samaheej was the seat of Nestorian Christian bishops and a centre for Christians in the Persian Gulf.

Before the discovery of oil in Bahrain, most of the inhabitants were involved in farming, especially date palms, and fishing.

The inhabitants of Samaheej are Baharna Shias. The name Samahij is from Persian se (three) and mahi (fish) and hence, ‘the three fish’. This name has to do with the geographical form of the area on which this village is situated.

Among the famous people from Samaheej is Abdullah bin Saleh al Samahiji (1675 - 1722), a medieval Islamic scholar, prominent within the Akhbari school of Shiism during the Safavid era.

Education[edit]

The Ministry of Education operates government schools. Samajih Primary Intermediate Boys School is the sole government school within Samaheej.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directory." Ministry of Education. Retrieved on 8 September 2009.

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