Definition of Karbala

1. Noun. A city of central Iraq to the south of Baghdad; a holy city for Shiite Muslims because it is the site of the tomb of Mohammed's grandson who was killed there in 680.

Exact synonyms: Kerbala, Kerbela
Geographical relationships: Battle Of Kerbala
Generic synonyms: City, Metropolis, Urban Center
Group relationships: Al-iraq, Irak, Iraq, Republic Of Iraq



Lexicographical Neighbors of Karbala

Karaite
Karaites
Karaj
Karakalpak
Karakelong
Karakoram
Karakoram Highway
Karakoram Range
Karakorum Range
Karakul
Karamanov
Karambelkar
Karamojong
Karangetang
Karat
Karbala (current term)
Karbala'
Kardashian
Kardex
Karditsa
Karel Capek
Kareli
Karelia
Karelian
Karelian Isthmus
Karelian pasties
Karelian pasty
Karelianism
Karelians
Karelis

Literary usage of Karbala

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Endless Torment: The 1991 Uprising in Iraq and Its Aftermath by Eric Goldstein, Middle East Watch (Organization) (1992)
"Earlier that day soldiers had arrived in Karbala, and it felt as if the city suddenly had been occupied. Some of the opposition groups distributed pamphlets ..."

2. The Cambridge Medieval History by John Bagnell Bury, James Pounder Whitney (1913)
"Husain and those remaining faithful to him were cut down at Karbala (10 Oct. 680). ... Although Husain's expedition to Karbala had ended in a fiasco, ..."

3. Unexplored Balūchistan: A Survey, with Observations Astronomical by Ernest Ayscoghe Floyer (1882)
"Pilgrims from Karbala.— Summer weather at last.—Mistaken for the post.—A courteous Frenchman (?) in disguise.—"How shall I go outside? Am I not a Darwish? ..."

4. International Religious Freedom (2000): Report to Congress by the Department edited by Barbara Larkin (2001)
"In May 2000, the Ba'ath Party organization reportedly issued orders prohibiting the walking pilgrimage to Karbala. Travelers later reported that security ..."

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