Dayr Al-ʿĀḳūl
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, a town in ʿIrāḳ 15 parasangs (c. 83 km.) south east of Bag̲h̲dād on the Tigris (Yāḳūt, ii, 676-7. Muḳaddasi, p. 134 gives the distance as two stages, while Ibn Faḍl Allāh al-ʿUmarī, Masālik al-Abṣār , Cairo 1924, i, 263, makes it 12 parasangs or c. 67 km.). The town probably grew around a Christian monastery, and was the centre of an agricultural district ( ṭassūd̲j̲ ) in central Nahrawān.

Ibn Rusta (300/912) mentions its Friday mosque and its market, thus indicating some prosperity. Besides, it was a post where tolls on merchandise carried in boats ( maʾāṣir ) were levied. (Ibn Rusta, 186…

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Duri, A.A., “Dayr Al-ʿĀḳūl”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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