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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

# Posted 10:27 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

THE DEFINITION OF "IRAQ":
The term al-'Iraq (meaning the shore of a great river along its length, as well as the grazing land surrounding it) had been used since at least the eighth century by Arab geographers to refer to the great alluvial plain of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, a region known in Europe as Mesopotamia.
From A History of Iraq (New Edition) by Charles Tripp, lecturer at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, page 8.

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