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ʿAbd al-Dār, Banū
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ʿAbd al-Dār, Banū, Meccan clan, named after ʿAbd al-Dār, son of Quṣayy b. Kilāb, which was one of the most important clans of the tribe of Quraysh. Its foremost members were in charge of the affairs of Mecca for a considerable period of time, and were influential in shaping events of social and political significance in the period immediately preceding the advent of Islam. During this period, the function of sadāna (overseeing the Kaʿba, and the opening and locking of its door) was held by the…

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Manouchehr Pezeshk and Translated by Suheyl Umar, “ʿAbd al-Dār, Banū”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0014>
First published online: 2015

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