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AMADIA, AMADIAH, AMADIEH, AMADEEYAH:

A town in Asiatic Turkey, vilayet of Bagdad, north of Mosul, the birthplace of the pseudo-Messiah, David Alrui (Alroy). In 1163, according to the author of "'Emeḳ ha-Baka," it had a Jewish population of about a thousand families. In 1895 it had a Jewish population of 1,900 persons, who owned about 150 houses. They trade chiefly in gall-nuts.

Bibliography:
  • Joseph ha-Kohen, 'Emeḳ ha-Baka (German translation by M. Wiener), p. 27, Leipsic, 1858;
  • Layard, Nineveh and its Remains, ii. 141;
  • Entziklopedicheski Slovar, vol. i., St. Petersburg, 1891;
  • Longman's Gazetteer, London, 1895.
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