Definitions for baghdadˈbæg dæd, bəgˈdæd
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Bagh•dadˈbæg dæd, bəgˈdæd(n.)
the capital of Iraq, in the central part, on the Tigris. 4,648,609.
Category: Geography (places)
Baghdad, Bagdad, capital of Iraq(noun)
capital and largest city of Iraq; located on the Tigris River
"Baghdad is one of the great cities of the Muslim world"
The capital of, and largest city in Iraq, situated in the center of the country on the Tigris river; an ancient city and historical center of the Muslim world.
Origin: From . Cf. .
Baghdad is the capital of the Republic of Iraq, as well as the coterminous Baghdad Province. It is sometimes referred to as "Baghdad Shareef" across the world. The population of Baghdad as of 2011 is approximately 7,216,040, making it the largest city in Iraq, the second largest city in the Arab World, and the second largest city in Western Asia. According to the government, which is preparing for a census, the population of the country has reached 35 million, with 9 million in the capital. Located along the Tigris River, the city was founded in the 8th century and became the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate. Within a short time of its inception, Baghdad evolved into a significant cultural, commercial, and intellectual center for the Islamic World. This in addition to housing several key academic institutions garnered the city a worldwide reputation as the "Center of Learning". Throughout the High Middle Ages, Baghdad was considered to be the largest city in the world with an estimated population of 1,200,000 people. The city was largely destroyed at the hands of the Mongol Empire in 1258, resulting in a decline that would linger through many centuries due to frequent plagues and multiple successive empires. With the recognition of Iraq as an independent state in 1938, Baghdad gradually regained some of its former prominence as a significant center of Arabic culture.
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