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Murcia (Ar. Mursiya) was both an important town in southeastern Iberia and the name of a taifa kingdom. The city was founded by ʿAbd al-Raḥmān II in 825 after he suppressed a revolt in this province. Murcia grew rapidly and became the main city of the region. Arabic sources, like al-Idrīsī and al-ʿUdhrī, praise the fertility of the Murcian orchards, and the abundance and good quality of its products. The taifa kingdom of Murcia included other important cities with Jewish populations, such as Lorca (Ar. Lūrqa) and the port of Cartagena (Ar. Qarṭājanna), which were more ancient than the …

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Arturo Prats, “Murcia”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0016110>
First published online: 2010

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