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, Waḳwāḳ, Wāḳ Wāḳ , Wāḳ al-Wāḳ , al-Wāḳwāḳ (a.), a name, possibly onomatopoeic, of uncertain origin, found in mediaeval Islamic geographical, zoological and imaginative literature. One of the most mystifying place names in the geographical literature, it refers variously to an island or group of islands, inhabited by a darkskinned population who speak a distinct language; a people or race; and a tree producing humanfruit. There is also the cuckoo bird, onomatopoeically known as Wāḳwāḳ.

1. The island or islands of Wāḳwāḳ.

(a) Introduction

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Cite this page
Tibbetts, G.R., Toorawa, Shawkat M., Ferrand, G., Freeman-Grenville, G.S.P., Shawkat M. Toorawa and F. Viré, “Wāḳwāḳ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1334>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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