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ʿAsīr
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, a region in Western Arabia named after a confederation of tribes in al-Sarāt [q.v.]. The concept of a separate region intervening between al-Ḥid̲j̲āz and the Yaman developed in the 19th century and is now sanctioned by official Saudi Arabian practice, which uses the name ʿAsīr for the highlands southwards from al-Nimās to Nad̲j̲rān, and Tihāmat ʿAsīr for the lowlands bordering the Red Sea between al-Ḳaḥma and the Yaman frontier.

From al-Ṭāʾif to the Yaman there is no gap in the bold range of al-Sarāt. The core is crystalline rock, but in certain fault zones volc…

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Headley, R.L., Mulligan, W.E. and Rentz, G., “ʿAsīr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 26 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0804>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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