Wasit — A settlement in Babylonia also known as Kashkar
Wasit was a city built in the last quarter of the 7th century AD by Al-Hajaj bin Yousif Al-Thaqafi, as an administrative centre for Iraq. Its name appears to originate from Syriac ܟܪܟܐ karḵa meaning "citadel" or "town".

It was built on the west bank of the Tigris following a flood which left the older city of Kashkar stranded on the east bank.

Wasit absorbed the population of Kashkar, which became a ghost city, only to suffer the same fate of abandonment in the 16th Century after a new flood.

Modern location: Ruins in south east of Kut in eastern Iraq
An AR Dirham struck 714-715 AD in Wasit
Obverse: Margin:بسم الله ضرب هذا الدرهم بواسط سنة ست و تسعين Center: لا الاه الا الله وحده لا شريك له

Reverse: Margin: محمد رسول الله ارسله بالهدى و دين الحق ليظهره على الدين كله ولو كره المشركون Center: الله احد الله الصمد لم يلد و لم يولد و لم يكن له كفؤا أحد

Diameter: 26 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 2.76 g
96 AH=714-715 AD


Obverse Margin: "In the name of God. This Dirham was struck in Wasit in the year ninety six"
Center: "There is no deity except | (the one) God alone |He has no equal"

Reverse Margin: "Muhammad is the messenger of God. He sent him with guidance and the true religion to reveal it to all religions even if the polytheists abhor it."
Center: "God is One God | The eternal and indivisible, who has not begotten, and | has not been begotten and never is there | His equal"
Album 128; Lavoix 354