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This week, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported that another of the world's oldest mosques has been discovered in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, as well as the ruins of a large estate.
According to experts, the mosque dates back to about 1200 years before the arrival of Islam in the Levant. It was found three years after a similar mosque of about the same age was found in the same area.
The excavations at Rahat are being carried out by the IAA in collaboration with Bedouin officials.
A few hundred meters from the found mosque, archaeologists unearthed the ruins of a huge estate, which was probably the property of Byzantine Christians.
whether the ancient inhabitants of Rahat were Islamic nomads or local converted Christians.
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