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Abū al-Khaṣīb
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Abū al-Khaṣīb, also known as ‘Abū al-Ghaṣīb’, is the name of an ancient canal and a town to the south of Baṣra in Iraq.


Since early times, especially after the building of Baṣra during the Islamic era, many canals were built on the Tigris to irrigate land within the vicinity of the river. Al-Balādhurī provides a detailed account on the subject (3/361–363). The canals built on the east bank of the Tigris were of little importance, but those on the west bank were highly significan…

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Saidi, Abbas and Translated by Rahim Gholami, “Abū al-Khaṣīb”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0095>
First published online: 2015

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