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Mersīna
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, an Anatolian sea-port on the south coast of Asia Minor.

Mersīna, the port and capital of the former sand̲j̲aḳ of the same name (with an area of 1,780 sq. m.) in the wilāyet of Adana [q. v.] on the south coast of Anatolia, is 40 miles from Adana, to which a railway runs. The name Mersīna comes from the Greek myrsíni (μυρσίνη), myrtle, because this tree grows in large numbers in this region. The regularly built town, founded only in 1832, with about 21,171 inhabitants (1927) is only of importance as a port for the export of silk, corn and cotton. The clim…

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Babinger, Fr., “Mersīna”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 20 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_4647>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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