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City of Mu'tah

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City of Mu'tah is located in Jordan
City of Mu'tah
City of Mu'tah
Coordinates: 31°6?N 35°42?E / 31.100°N 35.700°E / 31.100; 35.700
Grid position216/055
ProvinceKarak Governorate
820 m (2,690 ft)
 o Total27,426
Time zoneGMT +2
 o Summer (DST)+3
Area code(s)+(962)2

Mu'tah (Arabic: ?‎, Mu?tah)[1] is a town in Karak Governorate in Jordan. Mutah University is located in the city.[2][3][4]


In Islamic tradition, it is known for the Battle of Mu'tah in 629 CE, the first military engagement between the Arab Muslims and the Byzantine Empire. Mausolea were built nearby for some of those fallen in said battle, namely Ja'far ibn Abi Talib, 'Abd Allah ibn Rawahah, and Zayd ibn Harithah.[5][6]

In 1596 it appeared in the Ottoman tax registers named as Muta, situated in the nahiya (subdistrict) of Karak, part of the Sanjak of Ajlun. It had 14 households; all Muslim. The villagers paid a fixed tax-rate of 25% on agricultural products; including wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees/vineyards/fruit trees, goats and bee-hives; in addition to occasional revenues. The total tax was 6,000 akçe.[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b "The General Census - 2015" (PDF). Department of Population Statistics.
  2. ^ "Humanities and Social Sciences Series". 2010-03-07. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Natural and Applied Sciences Series". 2010-03-07. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Jordan Journal of Arabic Language and Literature". 2010-03-07. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Al-Maqdisi, p. 178 and Yaqut, IV, p. 677; cited in Le Strange 1890, pp. 509-510
  6. ^ Abu'l-Fida, p. 247; cited in Le Strange 1890, p. 479
  7. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 171


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