ʿĀmir b. Ṣaʿṣaʿa
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, a large group of tribes in Western Central Arabia. It is mentioned first in a South Arabian inscription of Abraha in 547 or 544-45 (G. Ryckmans, No. 506, in Le Muséon , 1953; J. Ryckmans, ibid., 339-42; Caskel, Entdeckungen in Arabien , 1954, 27-31). Judging by that inscription and by the later area of the ʿĀmir, their original area began to the west of the Turaba oasis and extended towards the east, past Ranya, to the upland south of the Riyāḍ-Mecca road. Here it ended at about the 44th degree of longitude, but the north-western bor…

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Caskel, W., “ʿĀmir b. Ṣaʿṣaʿa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0608>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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