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Title / Description: BurjCommentary: Remains in the vicinity of Beirut date back to the Stone Age, although the city did not flourish until the Roman period, when it became an important center for commerce and law. Following the Empire's conversion to Christianity, Beirut became the seat of a bishopric. In 635 CE, Beirut was conquered by the Arabs and became an important city in the Islamic world. Beirut has remained an important city into the modern era, despite the ravages of a recent civil war. This is a street scene from the 1950s.
Provenance: Beirut, Lebanon
Object Type: image - photograph
The Encyclopedia of Islam, vol. 1;
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, vol. 1
Author of Commentary: Adam Mendelson
Source: Phinney, D. Nathan Leander Keck slide collection
Reference: Beirut - Burj