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Wadi Al-Salaam (Valley of Peace) is an Islamic cemetery, located in Shia holy city of Najaf, Iraq. It is the largest cemetery in the world.It is estimated that before the war about 200 to 250 corpses were buried a day, but in 2010 this number had gone down to under a hundred.
The cemetery covers 1,485.5 acres and contains some 5 million bodies. Daily burials have been on going for over 1,400 years, the site is on the Tentative List of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
The cemetery holds the graves of many Muslims, and is located near the shrine of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first Shia Imam and fourth Caliph. Thus, nearly all Shi’as in Iraq request that they be buried in this cemetery.

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Wadi Al-Salaam (Valley of Peace) is an Islamic cemetery, located in Shia holy city of Najaf, Iraq. It is the largest cemetery in the world.It is estimated that before the war about 200 to 250 corpses were buried a day, but in 2010 this number had gone down to under a hundred.

The cemetery covers 1,485.5 acres and contains some 5 million bodies. Daily burials have been on going for over 1,400 years, the site is on the Tentative List of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.

The cemetery holds the graves of many Muslims, and is located near the shrine of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first Shia Imam and fourth Caliph. Thus, nearly all Shi’as in Iraq request that they be buried in this cemetery.

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The Way Baghdad Was

Even before the United States set its sights on Baghdad, people began to note its decline. Long considered to be the intellectual capital of the Islamic world, in the early 1900s the Iraqi city had already begun its transformation into a β€œonce was”.

Centuries of Ottoman rule and over a decade of British occupation allowed sectarian divides to fester, and would only culminate following the country’s 1932 independence and exploitation of oil. Around a century later, the formerly sophisticated center of Mesopotamia is embroiled ceaseless conflict, war and strife. Looking back to its days of normalcy makes present-day Baghdad all the more haunting. These 1932 photos courtesy of Foreign Policy show a Baghdad before the turmoil of the past half century.