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Abhar (or Awhar), a town that is the centre of a district bearing the same name, situated in the province of Zanjān in Iran. Various views have been put forward on the meaning of the word Abhar. In the Ḥudūd al-ʿālam (p. 143), Abhar is written as ‘Awhar’ and described as a shahristān (district) with much cultivated land and plentiful water resources. Yāqūt (1/104) mentions that the Persians referred to Abhar as ‘Aw…

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Ahmadi, Mohsen and Translated by Maryam Rezaee, “Abhar”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0024>
First published online: 2015

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