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Mosul's population grew rapidly around the turn of the millennium and by 2004 was estimated to be 1,846,500.The Iraqi government recaptured it in the 2016-2017 Battle of Mosul.
After the Muslim conquests, the region saw a gradual influx of Muslim Arab, Kurdish and Turkic peoples, although the Assyrians continue to use the name Athura for the ecclesiastical province.
It is the only fully-Kurdish neighborhood in Mosul.
The site contains the tomb of the Biblical Jonah, as he lived and died in the then capital of ancient Assyria.
Historically, important products of the area include Mosul marble and oil.
The city of Mosul is home to the University of Mosul and its renowned Medical College, which together was one of the largest educational and research centers in Iraq and the Middle East.The mound of Kuyunjik in Mosul is the site of the palaces of King Sennacherib, and his successors Esarhaddon, Ashurbanipal, (who established the Library of Ashurbanipal) and Ashur-etil-ilani.