Al-Hindiya

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Al-Hindiya
الهندية
Al-Hindiya is located in Iraq
Al-Hindiya
Al-Hindiya
Coordinates: 32°32′39″N 44°13′11″E / 32.54417°N 44.21972°E / 32.54417; 44.21972Coordinates: 32°32′39″N 44°13′11″E / 32.54417°N 44.21972°E / 32.54417; 44.21972
Country Iraq
GovernorateKerbala
MunicipalityAl-Hindiya District

Al-Hindiya or Hindiya (Arabic: الهندية‎) is a city in Iraq on the Euphrates River. Al-Hindiya is located in the Kerbala Governorate and is the seat of Al-Hindiya District. The city used to be known as Tuwairij (Arabic: طويريج‎), which gives name to the "Tuwairij run" (Arabic: ركضة طويريج‎) that takes place here every year as part of the Mourning of Muharram on the Day of Ashura.[1] It has 57,490 citizens.[2]

History[edit]

The city was founded in 1793 AD by "Yahya Asif Al-Dawla Bahadur Al-Hindi" (يحيى آصف الدولة بهادر الهندي), who was a vizier of Bahadur Shah Zafar. The vizier funded digging a canal on the Euphrates to provide drinkable water for the region.[3]

Notable People[edit]

Nouri al Maliki went to school there in his younger days.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1 million pilgrims perform Tuwairij rush in Karbala". Aswat al-Iraq. 27 December 2009. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.tiptopglobe.com/city?n=Hindiya&p=57490
  3. ^ مجلة التراث الشعبي - العدد الأول - سنة 2002 (in Arabic)