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, a region of the southwest of al-Andalus (the modern Algarve) and also the town of Ocsonoba (Faro), its chef-lieu until the 4th/10th century. The name (with varying orthographies, e.g. Uks̲h̲ūnya in Ibn Muzayn in the 5th/11th century, Ak̲h̲s̲h̲anba in Yāḳūt) derives from the earlier Ossonoba . The correspondance in name of region and chef-lieu goes back to the Arab administrative tradition in which the kūra was often known by the name of its capital. When the town changed its name in the 5th/11th century to S̲h̲antamariyyat al-G̲h̲arb, Uks̲h̲ūnuba mostly denoted the province.

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Picard, Ch., “Uks̲h̲ūnuba”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 11 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7696>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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