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Ḳaṣab al-Sukkar
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, sugar cane, also called ḳaṣab al-maṣṣ , because one sucks it (see below), and ḳaṣab ḥulw (Gloss. Idrīsī). Cultivated sugar cane may be from a wild variety, but the attempts which have been made to cultivate the wild species which is related to it have not been successful. The country of origin of sugar cane cultivation is Bengal, from where, in the 7th century B.C., it must have passed to China. Herodotus did not know of it, nor did Ctesias, physician of Artaxerxes Memnon (ca. 416), but in the age of Alexander the Great, Nearchos, his …

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Canard, M. and Berthier, P., “Ḳaṣab al-Sukkar”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0454>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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