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al-K̲h̲urṭūm
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( Khartum , Khartoum ), a city at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles, now the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Sudan. The name is said to be derived from the resemblance of the site to an elephant’s trunk. At the time of the Turco-Egyptian invasion (1821), Khartum was a small village, the residence of a holy man. It was chosen as the military and administrative headquarters of the conquered territories by the governor, ʿUt̲h̲mān Bey D̲j̲arkas, in 1824. With the extension of Turco-E…

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Holt, P.M., “al-K̲h̲urṭūm”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 25 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4346>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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