Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Wak̲h̲ān
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(in Arabie Wak̲h̲k̲h̲ān), a district to the south of the Pāmīr [q. v.]. Wak̲h̲ān is a long and narrow valley which runs from east to west and is watered by the upper course of the Oxus (Pand̲j̲a) and by the river Wak̲h̲ān-daryā, which is the most southern source of the Oxus [cf. amū-daryā]. The length of Wak̲h̲ān along the Oxus is 67 miles and of the Wak̲h̲ān-daryā (from Langar-kis̲h̲ to the Wak̲h̲d̲j̲īr pass) 113 miles, Afg̲h̲an sources put the distance from Is̲h̲kās̲h̲im to Sarḥadd at 66 kurōh = 22 farsak̲h̲s.

To the south of Wak̲h̲ān rises the wall of the Hindū-Kus̲h̲ through whic…

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Minorsky, V., “Wak̲h̲ān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 10 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5946>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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