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al-Mawṣil
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, in European sources usually rendered as Mosul, a city of northern Mesopotamia or ʿIrāḳ, on the west bank of the Tigris and opposite to the ancient Nineveh. In early Islamic times it was the capital of Diyār Rabīʿa [q.v.], forming the eastern part of the province of al-D̲j̲azīra [q.v.]. At the present time, it is the third largest city of the Republic of ʿIrāḳ.

1. History up to 1900.

Al-Mawṣil takes its name from the fact that a number of arms of the river there combine (Arabic, waṣala ) to form a single stream. The town lies close beside the Tigris on a spur of the western steppeplateau which juts …

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Honigmann, E., Bosworth, C.E. and Sluglett, P., “al-Mawṣil”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 08 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0717>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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