Fezzān
(1,457 words)

is the name of the largest group of oases in the Central Sahara. While Tripoli is the name given to the country that slopes from the Sahara to the Gulf of Syrtes, Fezzān is a part of the Sahara plateau itself; it has an average height of 600—1500 feet above sea-level. It is bounded on the north by the tablelands of Ḏj̲ebel al-Sōdāʾ, Ḏj̲ebel S̲h̲arḳīya and Hārūd̲j̲ al-Aswad, in the south by the eastern arm of the Tasili of the Ad̲j̲er Ṭuāreg and by the Tümmo or War mountains. The eastern and wes…

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Banse, Ewald, “Fezzān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_2348>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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