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al-Ḳabḳ
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, D̲j̲abal al-Ḳabḳ (the most common rendering), al-Ḳabk̲h̲ (e.g., Masʿūdī) or al-Ḳabd̲j̲ (e.g. Ṭabarī, Yāḳūt), Turkish Kavkaz, the name given by the Muslims to the Caucasus Mountains. The form ḳabḳ may derive from Middle Persian kāfkōh “the mountain of Kāf”, Armenian kapkoh ; in Firdawsī we find the Caucasus called kūh-i ḳāf (Hübschmann, Armenische Grammatik , i, 45, cf. Marquart, Ērānšahr , 94). A village called Ḳabḳ is also mentioned by Ibn Rusta, 173, tr. Wiet, 201, as being the first stage on the road from Harāt to Isfizār and Sīstān.

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Bosworth, C.E. and MacKenzie, D.N., “al-Ḳabḳ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 03 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0405>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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