TURSHIZ, a district of the province of Khorasan in Persia, lying E. of the great salt desert. It has a population of nearly 20,000 and pays a yearly revenue of about 7000. It produces and exports wool, cotton, silk and much dried fruit, of the latter particularly raisins and Ala Bukhara, "Bokhara prunes." The chief place and capital of the district is Sultanabad, generally called Turshiz, like the district, situated 225 m. south-east by east from Shahrud and loo m. south-west from Meshed, in 35° 10 N. 58° 34' E., at an elevation of 2200 ft. It is surrounded by a dilapidated wall and has a population of about 8000.
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