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Kaaba
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(kaʿba). The most important shrine of Islam. It is the point towards which prayer is directed, and the destination of pilgrimage, located in the interior court of the Great Mosque in Mecca (accessible only to Muslims). Pilgrims ritually kiss the black stone in the eastern corner of the Kaaba, the exterior walls of which are covered with a black cloth, which is replaced yearly. The name (‘cube’) comes from the shape of the building supposed to have been built by Abraham [1] and Ishmael (Qurʾān 2,127). In pre-Islamic times, it housed polytheist cults and pilgrimage rituals. B…

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Schönig, Hanne (Halle/Saale), “Kaaba”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e604760>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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