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Abū Mūsā (Island)
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Abū Mūsā is Iran's southernmost island, with an area of 12 sq km, lying midway in the Persian Gulf between Bandar Lingah (Lingih, Lengah, Lengeh) to the north and Sharjah to the south. It is the westernmost point of a group of six islands in the Persian Gulf that includes Greater and Lesser Tunb (Nabī Tunb), Greater and Lesser Farūr (Nabī Farūr), and Sīrī (Sirri) (FJI, 7/61; Gulwirdī, 4). Abū Mūsā is also the name of the capital, which lies 46 m above sea level. To the north, the bell-shaped island is made up of low hills, ending in rocky cliffs, the highest …

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Bagher Vosoughi, Mohammad, Stephen Hirtenstein and Translated by Rahim Gholami, “Abū Mūsā (Island)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0177>
First published online: 2015

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