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Bakr b. Wāʾil
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Bakr b. Wāʾil, a major ancient Arab tribal grouping with many branches, and part of the ʿAdnānī Arabs who trace their lineage to ʿAdnān b. Udad b. Ismāʿīl, the son of Abraham. As Abraham was not culturally an Arab, the Bakr b. Wāʾil—as part of the tribal confederation descended from him—are called ‘Arabicised Arabs’ (mutaʿarrib or mustaʿrib, meaning tribes who were not originally Arabs) (Ibn al-Kalbī, 1; Jād a…

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Manouchehr Pezeshk, Stephen Hirtenstein and Translated by Alexander Khaleeli, “Bakr b. Wāʾil”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_00000050>
First published online: 2015

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