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Ṭarābulus al-G̲h̲arb
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or simply Ṭarābulus, with the local variants of Itrābulus, Iṭrābulus al-G̲h̲arb and Ṭrablus, the name for the city of Tripoli, of Africa or of Barbary, in Libya, a designation which is also extended to Tripolitania, a region of North Africa bordering the Mediterranean which, with Cyrenaica and the Fezzan, constitutes the State of Libya [see lībiyā ; barḳa ; fazzān ].

1. General.

The name derives from an Arabisation of the Greek term Tripolis which dates back to ancient times. The qualificative al-G̲h̲arb (= “of the West”) was added after the Turkish conquest in 958/1…

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Oman, G., Christides, V. and Bosworth, C.E., “Ṭarābulus al-G̲h̲arb”, 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 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1176>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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