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ISTAHBANJIT

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Originally appearing in Volume V14, Page 886 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ISTAHBANJIT, a town and district of Persia in the province of Fars. The district, which is very fertile, extends for nearly 5o m. east and west along the southern shore of the Bakhtegan lake and produces much grain, cotton, good tobacco and excellent fruit, particularly pomegranates and grapes, walnuts and figs. The town is situated in the midst of a plain 12 M. from the eastern corner of the lake and about Too m. S.E. of Shiraz, and has a population of about ro,000. It occupies the site of the ancient city of Ij, the capital of the cld province of Shabankareh, which was captured and partly destroyed by Mubariz ed-din, thefounder of the Muzaffarid dynasty, in 1355. When rebuilt it became known by its present name. Of the old period a ruined mosque and two colleges remain; other mosques and colleges are of recent construction. At the entrance of the town stands a noble chinar (oriental plane), measuring 45 ft. in circumference at 2 ft. from the ground.
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