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Dejr az-zôr

This is Dejr az-zôr, a town that lies on the right bank of the Euphrates. Inhabitants of this town make their living mainly through trade. They make carpets and blankets for the common folk and nomads. They also purchase goat’s and sheep’s butter which they export mainly to the town Damascus. In exchange for the town’s goods, both Damascus and another town, Aleppo, provide them with cotton and linen. From Baghdad they receive tobacco and fine cloaks for the natives. There were around 4,000 Muslims, 800 Syrian, 600 Armenian Catholics, and 200 Jews living in this town.

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