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Amediye (Iraq)
Coordinates 37 ° 6 ′  N , 43 ° 29 ′  E Coordinates: 37 ° 6 ′  N , 43 ° 29 ′  E
Country IraqIraq Iraq
Autonomous Region Kurdistan
Governorate Dahuk
Basic data
height 1190  m
surface 17 km²
Residents 6,000
Population density 352.9 inhabitants / km²
View of the city of Amediye in 2009
View of the city of Amediye in 2009

Amediye ( Kurdish ئامێدی Amêdî ; Arabic العمادية, DMG al-ʿAmādiyya ) is a small town in the Dahuk Governorate of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in Iraq . The city is located 10 km from the Turkish border at an altitude of 1190 meters.


Amediye's history goes back to 3000 BC. BC back. The core of the city is an old fortress that gave the city its name. According to Ibn al-Athīr , the name of the fortress was Ashib . After the conquest of the area by Nur ad-Din in 1142 , it was given the name Imadiye or Amediye. From the 13th to the 19th century, Amediye was the seat of the Kurdish principality of Badinan .


Amediye has 6000 citizens in almost 1200 houses. One of the oldest mosques with a 30 meter high minaret is located in the city. The city used to have two synagogues, but they were destroyed by war. Three churches can be found in the neighboring villages and are among the most important churches in Northern Iraq.


The main part of Karl May's novel Durchs Wilde Kurdistan takes place in Amediye at the time of the formal Ottoman suzerainty around 1870.

Important sons and daughters of the city

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