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Amasya
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Amasya is a town in the Pontic mountains of present-day northern Turkey, roughly 80 km southwest of the Black Sea port of Samsun, and the capital of a vilayet/ilçe of the same name (Illustration 1). It preserves the name of Amaseia, under which it was known in antiquity. Amasya is situated on the main branch of the Yeşil Irmak (ancient Iris River) above the confluence of the Tersakan Çay, c. 400 m above sea-level, in a narrow and rocky gorge, running from east to west; the gorge widens above and below the town, where its r…

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Taeschner, Franz, revised by, ¨ and Kreiser, Klaus, “Amasya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 06 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23756>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004225442, 2012, 2012-2



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