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S̲h̲arḳ al-Andalus
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, an expression which denotes, in the mediaeval Arabic texts and also in contemporary historical usage, the eastern region, adjacent to the Mediterranean, of Muslim Spain. In both cases, the term has a geographical and not an administrative application, and it is difficult to demonstrate a priori which regions of the peninsula are being referred to.

The centre of the S̲h̲arḳ al-Andalus is the region of Valencia (Balansiya [q.v.]), but the expression probably has a wider sense than the modern one of Levante . The unfavourable attitude of the Valencians to this last term, which…

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Guichard, P., “S̲h̲arḳ al-Andalus”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 19 June 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6852>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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