Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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, a town in Turkey on the Armenian plateau on the eastern shore of Lake Wān.

The name Wān is not found in the Arabic sources which deal with the Muslim conquest. Lake Wān is usually named by the Arabs after the towns on the northern shore, Ard̲j̲īs̲h̲ and Ak̲h̲lāṭ.

Ibn Ḥawḳal alone (p. 250) mentions the Artsrunid Ibn Dairānī, lord of Zawazān, of Wān and Wosṭān. Yāḳūt, iv. 895, mentions a fortress of Wān but makes it a dependency of Erzerum and locates it between Ak̲h̲lāṭ and Tiflis (?).

For the Muslim conquest of Armenia see that article. The important fact is the campaign of Bug̲h̲ā…

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Minorsky, V., “Wān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 24 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5956>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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