Badr
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Badr, is a region in the Ḥijāz and the site of the first important battle between the Muslims and the Meccans in Ramaḍān 2/March 624.

Situated between Medina and Mecca, Badr’s importance stemmed from its fresh-water wells. There are a number of reports regarding the origin of its name, one stating that ‘Badr’ was the name of either the owner or the digger of a well in this area (Abū ʿUbayd, 1/231; Ibn Qutayba, 152; al-Yamānī, 33; Yāqūt, 1/524). Owing to the availability of water and hence its lush vegetation, Badr was popular among the Arabs. It was also the site of an annual fair known as the mawsim

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Bahramian, Ali and Gholami, Rahim, “Badr”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 28 July 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_00000028>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209



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