Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Kerbela, or Meshed Hossein, a town in the pashalic of Bagdad, Asiatic Turkey. It is situated on an old canal from the Euphrates about 60 miles S.W. of Bagdad, and 28 miles N.W. of the ruins of Babylon, and is enclosed within a wall with five gates. The mosque and tomb of Hossein or Hassan, son of Ali, the saint of the Shiite sect, attracts hither large Mohammedan pilgrimages.