Until the 12 centuries AD the majority of its rural, and perhaps also of its urban population, remained Christian though under an Arabic-speaking, local Muslim élite descended from the frontier garrisons of the early Islamic period (7 centuries AD).The area was very fertile, as it remains to this day, being famous for orchards and vineyards in medieval times.
More is, in reality, known of the history of the bridge.
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Many scholars and historians have made reference to the remarkable if largely ruined bridge which either spanned, or was intended to span, the river Tigris a few kilometers downstream from what is now the Turkish frontier town of Cizre (?
Perhaps it was my crazy freelance schedule, the lack of daylight, or wishing I had a cute kid to photograph.
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Whelan had been able to visit or photograph the site when she came within a kilometre or so in 1975.