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Probably a maritime polity, from which Muslims accompanied the Old Port (q.v.) envoys to the Chinese court in 1406 (Tai-zong shi-lu, juan 56.7a). No firm identification of this polity has been established. If the initial character (Xi = West) is a translation rather than a phonetic element, Gan-da-li could probably be equated with the still unidentified maritime polity of Gan-tuo-li (干陀利) (Kandari?). The MSL appears to be the only text which notes “Xi-gan-da-li” or “Xi-gan-da-li-ye”. For Chinese sources relating to Gan-tuo-li, see Chen, Xie and Lu (1986; 122-23).

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