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(Gk. Paros ), Turkish name of an important Aegean Cycladic island, west of Naḳs̲h̲e and north-east of the once-attached Antiparos (1981 pop.: 8,516), celebrated since Antiquity for its marble, still popular in the 15th century according to the Italian travellers Buondelmonti (ed. Legrand, 53 ff.) and Cyriacus of Ancona (cf. Miller-Lampros [ = M-L], ii, 380, 397), and rich in Byzantine, post-Byzantine and Catholic (Capuchin) monuments. The Byzantine period (to 1207) saw the island’s incorporation in the Aegean maritime theme after ca. 843 (see Malamut, Les îles ..., 47 ff., s.v. P…

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Savvides, A., “Para”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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