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Gadara was one of the most important cities of the Decapolis;it had minted its own coins, and adhered to the Pompeian calendar.
Islam entered Gadara after the victory of Islamic troops over Byzantine armies at the Battles of Fahl (Pella) and Yarmouk in 635 AD and 636 AD.
The first literary reference to the city of Pella is from the 19
century BC when it is mentioned in Egyptian texts as Pihilum, or Pehel. It was a flourishing trade centre, with links with Syria and Cyprus as well as Egypt.