Ayyām al-ʿArab
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Ayyām al-ʿArab , “days of the Arabs,” is the name applied in Arabic literature to the combat, skirmishes, and even wars that Arab tribes fought amongst themselves in pre-Islamic and early Islamic times. Each particular day (yawm) had its own name (e.g., Yawm ʿAyn Ubāgh, “the Day of the Spring of Ubāgh,” Yawm Buʿāth, “the Day of Buʿāth”), usually taken from the name of the location or from a natural feature of the area where the fighting took place. Occasionally the names of people were given to a day, and in one famous case, Ayyām Dāḥis wa-l-Ghabrāʾ, “the Days of Dāḥis and al-Ghabrāʾ,” two…

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Jones, Alan, “Ayyām al-ʿArab”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 10 December 2016 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0259>
First published online: 2007



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