Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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, Yemen, the southwestern part of the Arabian peninsula, now coming substantially within the unified Republic of Yemen (which also includes as its eastern region the former People’s Democratic Republic of South Yemen, the pre-1967 Aden Protectorate, essentially the historic Ḥaḍramawt [q.v. in Vol. III and also in Suppl.; see also suḳuṭra ]).

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The name is variously explained in the Arabic sources; some say it was given because al-Yaman lies to the right of the Kaʿba or to the right of the sun (al-Bakrī, ii, 856), …

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Grohmann, A., Brice, W.C., Smith, G.R., Burrowes, R.D., F. Mermier and P. Behnstedt, “al-Yaman”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 10 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1358>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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