Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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, Arabic Balansīya, a town in Spain, the third in size as regards population, which is over 250,000, lying on the east of the Peninsula, 3 miles from the Mediterranean and from its port, el Grao. It is connected with Madrid by 340 miles of railway; the distance as the crow flies is however only 188 miles. Valencia is the capital of the province of the same name and the diocese of an archbishop. Its situation is a striking one, in the centre of the fertile Huerta de Valencia which is watered by the Turia or Guadalaviar (Ar. Wādi ’l-abyaḍ, the “White River”). Unlike Cordova or Toledo, the old c…

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Lévi-Provençal, E., “Valencia”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 19 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5922>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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