§ 48. Discourse on the Country of the Alāns (al-Lan) and its Towns
East and south of it is the Sarīr; west of it, Rūm; north of it, the Gurz Sea and the Khazarian Pechenegs. All this country is broken and mountainous (andar shikastagī-hā va kūh-hā) and is favoured by
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nature. Their king is a Christian. They possess 1,000 large villages. Among them there are both Christians and idol-worshippers (but-parast). Some of the people are mountaineers and some plain-dwellers.
1. KĀSAK, a land (shahr) of the Alān on the coast of the Gurz Sea. It is a pleasant place and there are merchants in it.
2. KHAYLĀN (?), the town where the king's army is stationed.
3. DAR-I ALĀN
("the Alān gate"),
a town situated like a fort on the summit of a mountain. Every day 1,000
men by turn mount guard on its wall. 
1. Cf. §
5, 18 c.
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