Wāsiṭ
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, a city in central ʿIrāḳ during the mediaeval period, the existence of which is attested from the later years of the 1st century/closing years of the 7th century or opening years of the 8th century, until the beginning of the 12th century/turn of the 17th-18th centuries (according to M. D̲j̲awād, K̲h̲arāb Wāṣit , in Lug̲h̲at al-ʿArab , x (1931), 617 until ca. 1107/1695-6). From its foundation by the Umayyad governor of ʿIrāḳ, al-Ḥad̲j̲d̲j̲ad̲j̲ (75-95/694-713 [q.v.]), the city was the administrative and political capital of that province under the first Marwānids (65-…

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Mondher Sakly and R. Darley-Doran, “Wāsiṭ”, 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_1343>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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