• WordNet 3.6
    • n Kerbela 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
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In literature:

Suddenly from out the city of Ur (Kerbela), near the ancient mouth of the Euphrates, appears a traveller.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
Missionaries would have us judge Islam by the open improprieties and abuses which occur at Mecca, Kerbela, and other great Moslem centres.
"Pan-Islam" by George Wyman Bury
There are four great centres of pilgrimage for Shi'ite Moslems in the vilayet, Samarra, Kazemain, a suburb of Bagdad, Kerbela and Nejef.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
It was also he who built the mausoleum of Hosain at Kerbela, and that of Ali at Kufa.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
He had apparently discovered this from someone at Kerbela, who had handed him over to the Shammar.
"The Treasure of the Tigris" by A. F. Mockler Ferryman
The sixty-mile journey to Kerbela was almost uneventful.
"Carry On!" by Herbert Strang
The Shia Muhammadans have woven many legends round their martyr heroes, Hussain and Hassan, slain at Kerbela.
"Beast and Man in India" by John Lockwood Kipling
Kerbela is a place of pilgrimage of the Shi'ite Moslems, and is only less sacred to them than Meshed 'Ali and Mecca.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various