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Biggest Cities of Córdoba (Al-Andalus) in 1000 AD with a Map

With the help of a map, can you name the most populous cities of the Caliphate of Córdoba/Qurtubah with an estimated population of over 3,000 at its peak around 1000 AD?
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Population figures are based off this dataset by Dr. E. Buringh, 3000 Years of Urban Growth by Tertius Chandler and Gerald Fox and 4000 Years of Urban Growth: An Historical Census by Tertius Chandler.
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Population
Cities
450k
Qurtubah
(Córdoba)
90k
Isbiliyyah
(Seville)
35k
Madinat al-Mariyyah
(Almería)
33k
Qartagannah al-Halfa
(Cartagena)
31k
Tulaytulah
(Toledo)
30k
Maridah
(Mérida)
26k
Garnatah
(Granada)
22k
Madinat Ilbirah
(Atarfe)
20k
Gayyan
(Jaén)
20k
Madinat Mayurqah
(Palma de Mallorca)
19k
Mursiyyah
(Murcia)
19k
Saris
(Jerez de la Frontera)
18k
Istiggah
(Écija)
17k
Madinat al-Zahra
17k
Malaqah
(Málaga)
17k
Saraqustah
(Zaragoza)
16k
Batalyaws
(Badajoz)
15k
Al-Ushbuna
(Lisbon)
15k
Balansiyyah
(Valencia)
15k
Bayyasah
(Baeza)
15k
Sabtah
(Ceuta)
Population
Cities
10k
Lawraqah
(Lorca)
10k
Wasqah
(Huesca)
8k
Barbashtur
(Barbastro)
8k
Daniyyah
(Dénia)
8k
Turtusah
(Tortosa)
7k
Balis
(Vélez-Málaga)
6k
Tarrakunah
(Tarragona)
5k
Tangah
(Tangier)
5k
Yabirah
(Évora)
4k
Bayyanah
(Baena)
4k
Laridah
(Lleida)
4k
Shatibah
(Xàtiva)
4k
Suriyyah
(Soria)
4k
Tutilah
(Tudela)
4k
Ubbadah al-Arab
(Úbeda)
3k
Abilah
(Ávila)
3k
Afiruh
(Aveiro)
3k
Al-Bash
(Elvas)
3k
Al-Qala'a
(Alcalá de Henares)
3k
Andushar
(Andújar)
Population
Cities
3k
Arkus
(Arcos de la Frontera)
3k
Awqanyah
(Ocaña)
3k
Awtarrah
(Utrera)
3k
Istabbah
(Estepa)
3k
Lamiqah
(Lamego)
3k
Madinat Antaqira
(Antequera)
3k
Madinat Bastah
(Baza)
3k
Magunnah
(Mahón)
3k
Malilah
(Melilla)
3k
Martus
(Martos)
3k
Qal
(Vila Nova de Gaia)
3k
Qaturlah
(Cazorla)
3k
Qulumriyyah
(Coimbra)
3k
Raqannah
(Requena)
3k
Rundah
(Ronda)
3k
Shantarin
(Santarém)
3k
Silb
(Silves)
3k
Siqubiyyah
(Segovia)
3k
Tabirah
(Tavira)
3k
Tarif
(Tarifa)
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Level 55
Dec 17, 2022
It should probably be noted that estimates for the held cities in Africa were manually calculated through the approximate size of their site due to a lack of data.

Melilla's site for the longest time was probably relatively small at around 10 ha.

Ceuta's site at the other hand was probably one of a major city at this point, with a site of around 100 ha. 1200 estimates put the population at 40,000 (though probably too high).

Tangier supposedly did not grow much outside its Roman walls until the modern era, with its enclosed site measuring about 20 ha.

For all these sites, an estimate population density of around 150 to 250 people per hectare is assumed. While this is error prone, this is a realistic method used by multiple professional estimates.

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Level 62
Dec 17, 2022
I was surprised that Qādis wasn't on the quiz. Also it says dPopulation in the columns. Cool quiz.
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Level 55
Dec 17, 2022
Thanks! It's very likely that Cádiz was nothing more than just a small village at this point, as my sources record it at a mere 1k. While it was a major port city under the Romans (around 15k-ish?), it's clear that it didn't start growing again until the 13th century.