D̲j̲ūzd̲j̲ān
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, Persian Gūzgān , the older name of a district in Afg̲h̲ān Turkestan between Murg̲h̲āb and the Āmū Daryā. Its boundaries were not well defined, particularly in the west, but it certainly included the country containing the modern towns of Maymana, Andk̲h̲ūy, S̲h̲ibargān and Sar-i Pul. Lying on the boundary between the outskirts of the Iranian highlands and the steppes of the north, D̲j̲ūzd̲j̲ān probably always supported nomad tribes as it does at the present day in addition to the permanent settlements in its fertile valleys (cf. Ibn Ḥawḳal, 322 ff.; Ḥād̲j̲d̲j̲ī K̲h̲alīfa, D̲j̲ihān-num…

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Hartmann, R., “D̲j̲ūzd̲j̲ān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2134>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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