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A city of south-central Iraq near the Euphrates River. A center of Shiite Islam, it is a starting point for the pilgrimage to Mecca.


(Placename) a holy city in central Iraq, near the River Euphrates; burial place of the Caliph Ali and a centre of the Shiite faith. Pop: 639 000 (2005 est)


(ˈnædʒ æf)

also An-Najaf

a city in central Iraq: holy city of the Shi‘ites; shrine contains tomb of Ali (a.d. c600–661). 472,103.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the center of the regional administration in the north of Iraq, Irbil, after Baghdad and Nejef.
Anbar 14, Irbil 14, Diyala 14, Kirkuk 12, Salah-Eddine 12, Nejef 12, Waset 11,
Each one is given a number that is engraved on the headstone of his grave in Nejef.