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Multān
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, the name given by the Arabs to the ancient Pand̲j̲ābī city of Mulasthana (B.C. Law, Historical geography of ancient India, Paris 1954, 112), thought to be Malli of Alexander’s historians (Quintus Curtius Rufus, History of Alexander , Cambridge, Mass. 1946, ii, 433).

1. History. Multān was one of the cities conquered by the Arabs during Muḥammad b. al-Ḳāsim’s expedition to India in 92-5/711-14. Like the city of Manṣūra [q.v.], Multān became one of the centres of Muslim rule in Western India. Due to the wealth found in it by the early conquerors, Multān was dubbe…

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Friedmann, Y. and Andrews, P.A., “Multān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 05 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0793>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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