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The history of this city dates back to the Iron Age about 1200 BC and was ruled by the Moabites, Assyrians, Nabateans, Greeks, Romans and Byzantines. .
The city had a long history with Salah al-Din Eyubi, who fought King Raynald of Châtillon. Karakwas important at the time as protected Jerusalem because of its strategic position and prevented meeting between the Arabs of Syria and the Arabs of Egypt and because of being acontrol station on the path of pilgrims. Its King Raynald of Châtillonwas a fierce and adventurous warrior and Salah al-Din launched three campaigns to Karak until he was able in 1188 to occupy the fortified fortress in which Raynald of Châtillonfortified, but he died in the Battle of Hattin. During the reign of the Ayyubid state, Karakflourished, the castle's doors and walls, villages were rebuilt, trees were planted, and springs were taken care of.
Karak remained prosperous and calm despite the disputes that intensified between the Ayyubids Sultans and the region was invaded by the Mongols and occupied by al-ZahirBaybars who took care of it and dug new trenches around the city and its castle. Karak again enjoyed a quiet life until the Ottomans occupied it in 1516. Being far from the Ottoman Central Authority,its tribes squared on controlling it. During the Turkish rule, Karak lived a period of despicable control.
Perhaps best written about Karak was by Ibn Battuta (Muhammad ibn Abdullah 1303 1377) in his book (A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling): "Then they leave to the fortress of Karak, which is the relics of the fortresses and prevented and famous, called the fort of the crow. All the sides and one door has carved the entrance to it in the hard stone, and the entrance of its corridor as well. In this fortress fortified the kings, and resorted inthe disasters and King Al – Nasser refuged to it because he was of the young age, and his deputy Salartook control. King Al-Nasser pretended that he wants to perform the Hajj and the princes agreed to that, so he went to Hajj, and when he reached Ayla, he went to the fort and lived there until the princes of the Levant arrived at it. The Mamluks gathered against him and the King appointed Baibars al-Jashnakir (al-Malik al-Muzaffar) who built the Khanqah close to Khanqah Said which was built by Salah al-Din Eyubi. He was attacked by King Al-Nasser. Baibars escaped to the desert but the army chased and arrested him and brought him to King Al-Nasser who ordered to kill him. Salarwas arrested and imprisoned in a cadaver until he died of starvation. It is said that he eat a carcass. We seek refuge in Allah from that. .
The army stationed outside Karak for four days in a place called Al-Thaniya and they were prepared to enter the wilderness, and then we went to Ma'an, which is end of the Levant, and we descended from the Aqabat Al Sawanto the desert, where it is said: who enters it is lost and who leaves it is born. After a march of two days, we settled in That Hajj, a place without buildings, then WadiBaldhwhich doesn’t have water.

Municipals | Municipals of Al Karak

Municipal Name Count of Regions
Municipality of Greater Karak 9
Municipality of Mu'tah & Mazar 5
Municipality of Shehan 4
Municipality of Abdullah bin Rawah 3
New Talal Municipality 2
Municipality of New Moab 3
Municipality of the southern Jordan Valley 2
Municipality of Qatraneh 1
Municipality of the Sultanate 2
Municipality of Ai 3