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Hunza and Nagir
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, two principalities in the extreme west of the Karakoram range of mountains, lie between Gilgit in the south, Ishkomān in the west, Afg̲h̲ān Wāk̲h̲ān in the north, and Chinese Turkistān in the north and east, i.e., approximately between 74° 10′ and 75° 20′ E. and 36° 10′ and 37° N. The whole area is extremely rugged and mountainous and for the most part uninhabitable. Permanent settlements exist only in the river valleys where terracing and irrigation of the mountainsides is possible, principally along the Hunza river, which trav…

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MacKenzie, D.N., “Hunza and Nagir”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2959>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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