Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel and W.P. Heinrichs

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Author(s): Bosworth, C.E.
, one of the major rivers of Siberia, which flows from sources in the Altai Mountains to the Gulf of Ob and the Kara Sea of the Arctic Ocean. Its course is 3,680 km/2,287 miles long and 5,410 km/3,362 miles long if its main left-bank affluent, the Irtysh [see irtis̲h̲ in Suppl.] is included. Its whole basin covers a huge area of western Siberia. In early historic times, the lands along the lower and middle Ob were thinly peopled with such groups as the Samoyeds and the Ugrian Voguls and Ostiaks (in fact, the indigenous population of these regions today, only…


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[see ʿulūd̲j̲ ʿalī ].


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[see ok̲h̲ri ].


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[see uks̲h̲unūba ].


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[see od̲j̲aḳ ].


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, first the German name of Pest [see pes̲h̲te ] (this meaning “cave or lime-kiln”), later and until recent times that of Buda [see budīn ], both today parts of the capital of Hungary.


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Author(s): Rouaud, A.
, a vast arid expanse in the south-eastern part of Ethiopia approximately delimited by the Wadi Shebille to the south-west, the frontier of the former Somaliland to the north-east, the line Ferfer-Werder (the administrative capital) - Doomo to the south-east and the line Degeh Bur - Degeh Medo to the north-west. It is ranged over by Somali nomads belonging to the Dārōd group, the Ogādēn (from whom the region gets its name), and formed part of the province of Harargé (Harar) until 1991, when a ne…


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Author(s): Morgan, D.O.
or ögödey , the second Great K̲h̲ān of the Mongol Empire. Born probably in 1186, he was the third son of Činggis K̲h̲an (Čingiz K̲h̲ān [ q.v.]) by his principal wife Börte. He was the first of the Mongol rulers to adopt the title Ḳaʾan: D̲j̲uwaynī ¶ always refers to him thus, almost as though it was regarded as a personal name. Činggis had during his lifetime indicated that Ögedey should succeed him, in preference to his other surviving sons Čag̲h̲atay and Toluy. It is often suggested that Ögedey was a generally acceptable conciliatory figure, and the empire seems to have been administered by Ögedey on the basis of family consultation rather than imperial autocracy. Ögedey does appear to have been, by Mongol standards, an unusually benevol…


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Author(s): Babinger, Fr. | Bosworth, C.E.
(t.), a word common to all Turkic languages …


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Author(s): Mélikoff, I.
, a term which designates the epic tradition of the Og̲h̲uz [see g̲h̲uzz ], Turkish tribes mentioned for the first time in the Ork̲h̲on [