The name "Gaza" is first known from military records of Thutmose III of Egypt in the 15th century BCE. According to Shahin, the Ancient Egyptians called it "Ghazzat" ("prized city"), and the ancient Arabs often referred to it as "Ghazzat Hashem", in honor of Hashim, the great-grandfather of Muhammad, who is buried in the city, according to Islamic tradition.
Other proper Arabic transliterations for the Arabic name are Ghazzah and ḡazza. Accordingly, "Gaza" might be spelled in English as "Gazza."
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