Sīstān
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, or Sid̲j̲istān (from Sakastāna, land of the Sakae, cf. its classical name Sakastāne), also called Nīmrūz [“midday” = southland, scil. south of Ḵh̲urāsān; this name occurs often in the S̲h̲āhnāma, and also on the coins of the Kayānī chiefs (malik) of Sīstān, cf. J.R.A.S., 1904, p. 669], border district between Persia and Afg̲h̲ānistān. Its area covers ± 7,006 square miles, 2,847 of them being Persian, and 4,159 Afg̲h̲ān territory; its population being about 205,000 persons (for 1906, cf. MacMahon in Geogr. Journal, xxviii. 213).

The land is divided between the two countries by …

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Büchner, V. F., “Sīstān”, 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_5452>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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