Castile (region)


A large region in al-Andalus


  • Arabic: قشتالة = Qashtāla 1
  • Greek: Ἰβηρία, Ἰβηρίας, Ἰβηρίᾳ, Ἰβηρίαν = Ibēria, Ibērias, Ibēria, Ibērian 2
  • Hebrew: קשטילה = QŚṬYLH 3
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Event DescriptionDate
Event mentioned by Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī. 1 before c. 1225c.1225877 A.H. / 14721995
Event mentioned by Laonikos Chalkokondyles. 2 before 14641464-1468mid-late 15th C2014
Events mentioned by Benjamin of Tudela 3 before c.1170c.117313th C1907


  • 1Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī, Muʿjam al-buldān (Beirut: Dār Ṣādr, 1995), (4) 352 [Arabic].
  • 2Castile: Laonikos Chalkokondyles, The Histories, ed. Anthony Kaldellis (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014), para. 2.33; 3.28; 5.71-74 [Greek with English translation].
  • 3Castile: Marcus N. Adler, ed., The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela (London: Frowde, 1907), Introduction [Hebrew with English translation].

How to Cite This Entry

Thomas A. Carlson, Josh Kuch, and Liran Yadgar, “Castile” in Thomas A. Carlson, ed. Historical Index of the Medieval Middle East, last modified September 16, 2021,

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  • Thomas A. Carlson: Data merging and XML; place categorization; abstract; matching and transliteration from Yāqūt al-Ḥamawī’s Muʿjam al-Buldān; categorization, matching, Greek collection and transliteration from Chalkokondyles' history; and Hebrew transliteration from Benjamin of Tudela's travelogue
  • Josh Kuch: categorization from Chalkokondyles' history
  • Liran Yadgar: categorization, matching, Hebrew collection from Benjamin of Tudela's travelogue
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