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Ḥarūrāʾ is a village near Kūfa, which became famous when a large number of those opposed to Imam ʿAlī’s truce with Muʿāwiya gathered there after the battle of Ṣiffīn. The etymology of the name is derived from Rīḥ al-Ḥarūr, which denotes a warm wind. Administratively, the village belonged to the district of Kūfa, and was situated half a farsakh away from it. Originally it appears to have been built on the banks of the Euphrates or at least one of its canals, but by the 3rd/9th century, it was being described as being in the desert, which suggests that t…

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Amin, Parvis, with additions by Stephen Hirtenstein and Translated by Mushegh Asatryan, “Ḥarūrāʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_067250>
First published online: 2022

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