Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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is the ancient name of Sirius (the star α of the Greater Dog). The name comes down from the Arabic al-ʿAbūr, which originally may have signified “penetrating”, “brilliant” but was understood by the Arabs as “the passer over (sc. the milky way)”. This explanation gave rise to a myth as to which see Ideler, Unters. über den Urspr. u. d. Bedeut. der Sternnamen p. 245—246.

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“Alhabor”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_0609>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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