Ālaba Wa ’l-ḳilāʿ
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, “Alava and the forts”, a geographical expression used in the 2nd-3rd/8th-9th centuries by Arab chroniclers to denote that part of Christian Spain which was most exposed to the attacks of summer expeditions ( ṣāʾifa ) sent from Cordova by the Umayyad amīrs . The term Ālaba was used more especially to denote the northern part of the Iberian peninsula beyond the left bank of the upper valley of the Ebro. This region was bounded on the west by the territories of Bureba and Castilla la Vieja (“Old Castile” = al Ḳilāʿ ), which stretched from the left bank of the Ebro, opposite the Pancorb…

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Lévi-Provençal, E., “Ālaba Wa ’l-ḳilāʿ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0495>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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