Ezekiel's Tomb

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Jews at the tomb, 1932

Ezekiel's Tomb, located in Al Kifl, Iraq, is believed by Jews and Muslims to be the tomb of the biblical prophet Ezekiel.

On the walls inside appears Hebrew script under a dome with medieval Islamic floral designs.

Iraqi Jewry was once one of the largest and most prominent Jewish communities in the Middle East. Until the mid-20th century, over 5,000 Jews used to come to the tomb from Baghdad and other major cities during Passover.[1][2] Muslims believe this tomb to be that of an Islamic prophet Dhul-Kifl, who is often identified as Ezekiel. The site was protected under the control of Saddam Hussein.[3]

An additional structure also identified as a possible tomb for Ezekiel can be found in Dezful, Iran.

References[edit]

  1. ^ David M. Gitlitz & Linda Kay Davidson ‘’Pilgrimage and the Jews’’ (Westport: CT: Praeger, 2006) 96–97.
  2. ^ Passover pilgrimage to Ezekiel's tomb in Iraq
  3. ^ Iraq launches project to renovate Ezekiel's shrine

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