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The city’s commercial importance thereafter declined because it was cut off from the rest of the former Ottoman Empire.
Mosul has since grown more prosperous, with increased trade and the development of important oil fields nearby to the east and north. Mosul was once famous for its fine cotton goods; it is now a centre of cement, textile, sugar, and other industries and a marketplace for agricultural products.
Since World War II (1939–45) the city has been enlarged in area several times by new construction.
Most striking has been the expansion on the eastern bank of the Tigris; there are now five bridges connecting the two sides of the city.
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it had become the principal city of northern Mesopotamia.
Agriculture is not natural; it is a human invention.
It is also the basis of modern civilization." This point was also touched on by Carl Sagan in 1977 when he proposed the possibility that marijuana may have actually been world's first agricultural crop, leading to the development of civilization itself (see 1977, below).
Those include the Great Mosque, with its leaning minaret, the Red Mosque, the mosque of Nabī Jarjīs (St.
George), several Christian churches, and various Muslim shrines and mausoleums.
In succeeding centuries a number of independent dynasties ruled the city, which reached its political zenith under the Zangid dynasty (1127–1222) and under Sultan Badr al-Dīn Luʾluʾ (reigned 1222–59).