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Baṣra (Morocco)
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Baṣra (Morocco), an ancient town in the far west of Morocco, of which only ruins remain. The name of the town was derived from Baṣra (q.v.) in Iraq. It was also known as Baṣrat al-kattān (‘cotton’), Baṣrat al-dhubbān (‘dairy’), and Baṣra al-ḥamrāʾ (‘red’), due to the prevalence of the cotton trade there, the abundance of its dairy products and the redness of its soil (Abū ʿUbayd, 2/789; Yāqūt, 1/653; Ibn ʿIdhārī, 1/103; Abū al-Fidāʾ, 133; al-Ḥimyarī, 108).

Baṣra was located by the Atlantic Ocean in the present-day prefecture of Tangier-Assilah (Aṣīla), which used to be g…

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`Udi, Sattar and Translated by Hamid Reza Maghsoodi, “Baṣra (Morocco)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_00000096>
First published online: 2015



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