Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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( Dacca )—(literally ‘concealed’, but origin obscure) is the capital of East Pakistan. The city is situated at the head of the waterways about a hundred miles from the sea, in a region which has had throughout history a premier position in this province of rivers and flooded plains. The Hindū capital was at Vikramapura, then favourably situated on the Dhales̲h̲warī river, where the line of old fortification can still be seen, but more important are the tomb and mosque (built 888/1483) of Bābā Āda…

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Dani, A.H., “D́́hākā”, 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 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1810>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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