Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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, a town on the right bank of the Sīr Daryā (Saiḥūn), a little south of its tributary the Aris. The name is found as a geographical term for the first time in Yāḳūt (i. 310) as Uṭrār but Ṭabarī (iii. 815—816) already knows of a prince called Utrār-banda as a rebel vassal of the Caliph al-Maʾmūn. The place that Maḳdisī calls Tarār Zarāk̲h̲ (B G A, iii. 263, 274) in the district of Isbīd̲j̲āb must be quite a different place. Otrār may perhaps be the same as the capital of the district of Fārāb [q. v.], a town which replaced the older one of Kadar (mentioned by …

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Kramers, J. H., “Otrār”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 15 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_3583>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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