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, Constantinople.

1. To the Ottoman Conquest (1453).

The city, which Constantine the Great on 11 May 330 raised to be the capital of the Eastern Empire and which was called after him, was known to the Arabs as Ḳusṭanṭīniyya (in poetry also Ḳusṭanṭīna , with or without the article); the older name Byzantion ( Buzanṭiyā and various spellings) was also known to them, as well as the fact that the later Greeks, as at the present day, used to call Constantinople simp…

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Mordtmann, J.H., “(al-)Ḳusṭanṭīniyya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0549>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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