Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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al-Nīl
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, the river Nile. The Nile is one of the large rivers which from the beginning have belonged to the territory of Islām, and the valleys and deltas of which have favoured the development of an autonomous cultural centre in Islāmic civilisation. In the case of the Nile this centre has influenced at different times the cultural and political events in the Muḥammadan world. Thus the Nile has, during the Islāmic period, continued to play the same part as it did during the centuries that preceded the coming of Islām.

The name al-Nīl or, very often, Nīl Miṣr, goes back to the Greek name Νεĩ…

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Kramers, J. H., “al-Nīl”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 18 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_3488>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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