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, variant forms Ḳūnḳa , Kūnka , Kūnkā , Kunka , the Arabic name for the modern town of Cuenca, administrative centre of the province of the same name in Castile, Spain, situated near the confluence of the Júcar and Huécar Rivers at an altitude of 922 m. at the point where the Mancha becomes a mountain chain. According to al-Idrīsī, Ḳūnḳa was “a small, ancient town, surrounded by a wall, and lacking a suburb”. Al-ʿUd̲h̲rī mentions it among the 20 stages of the route connecting Cordova and Saragossa. Al-Idrīsī mentions Cuenca in his division of al-Andalus into 26 iḳlīm s, but gives it the title of a kūr…

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Viguera, Maria J., “Ḳūnka”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 30 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4523>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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