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(or al-ʿAmḳ) a vast plain of northern Syria, surrounded on all sides by mountains and situated at an elevation of 111 m. above the level of the sea. It is bounded on the west by the Amanus (Alma-Dag̲h̲, q.v.), and on the east by the most southerly spurs of the Kurd-Dag̲h̲ (“Kurd mountains”). Numerous water-courses, belonging to the basin of the ʿAfrīn (ʿlfrīn, Ufrenos) and to that of the Ḳara-Ṣu (“black stream”), drain this plain, which is one of the most dismal and desolate districts in Syria an…

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Streck, M., “ʿAmḳ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 18 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_0736>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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