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Madagascar
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With its area of 228,340 sq. m., Madagascar is the third largest island in the world after New Guinea (234,770 sq. m.) and Borneo (284,630 sq. m.). Its area is a little greater than that of France (207,000 sq. m.), Belgium (II)373) rod Holland (12,740) combined. It is oriented from N.N.E. to S.S.W. and measures 1,000 miles in its greatest length and 350 in its greatest breadth with a coast line of 3,000 miles. The latest estimates put the native population at three millions.

The island was called al-Ḳomr by the Arabs, Bukini (lit.: where there are (ni) Buki) by the Banlus of the neighbouring…

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Ferrand, Gabriel, “Madagascar”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_4399>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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