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(also written Ḥarāʾ, and without hamza), a mountain some three Arabian miles from Mecca in a N. E. direction, facing T̲h̲abīr [q. v.], so that these two are often mentioned together, and sometimes compared to two waves of the sea. Both are without water or vegetation other than a few thorns. Ḥirāʾ is higher than T̲h̲abīr, and is crowned by a steep and slippery peek, which the Apostle with some companions once climbed. Muḥammad was in the habit of staying here with his wife, and it was in a cave…

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Weir, T. H., “Ḥirāʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_2820>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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