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, an extensive gravel plain in northeastern Arabia, bounded roughly on the east by the depression of al-S̲h̲aḳḳ (which forms the western boundary of the Saudi Arabia-Kuwait Neutral Zone), on the west by the wādī of al-Bāṭin, and on the south by the gravel ridge of al-Warīʿa. The plain extends northward from Saudi Arabia into the Shaikhdom of Kuwait for a distance of about 20 kms. It has an area of c. 30,000 sq. kms. and is remarkable for its firm, almost featureless surface, sprinkled with pebbles of limestone, quartz, and igneo…

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Mandaville, J., “al-Dibdiba”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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