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, area in eastern Anatolia: bordered on the north by the ranges of the Monzur Dag̲h̲ (3188 m.) and the Mercan Dag̲h̲; on the west by the northern source of the Euphrates (the Kara Su); on the south by its southern source (the Murat Su); and on the east by its tributary, the Piri Su. The area is of a predominantly hilly character, and (in the country districts) inhabited by Kurds. At one time, Dersim, under the name of Čemis̲h̲kezek (the capital at that time) was a liwā of the eyālet of Diyârbekir. Dersim became a wilāyet temporarily in the 19th century, but in 1888 it came under the wilāyet of Maʿmūret…

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Taeschner, F., “Dersim”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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