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Ḳaṣr Abī Dānis
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, a settlement of Islamic Portugal, revealed by archaeological excavations on the ancient site of Salacia, to the south of Lisbon, and on the site of the present convent of Aracoeli, the modern Alcácer do Sal.

It dates from the 3rd/9th century, when coastal defences were being erected against the Viking attacks which had begun in 230/844 [see al-mad̲j̲ūs ]. The fortress occupied a major strategic site, up-river from the mouth of the Sado. According to Ibn Ḥazm and Ibn Ḥayyān, it was in the course of the fitna in this century, during the reign of the Umayyad amīr ʿAbd Allāh, that the Banū Dānis, Be…

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Picard, Ch., “Ḳaṣr Abī Dānis”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_8757>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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