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Ḍabb
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, the thorn-tail lizard ( Uromastix spinipes). Cognate synonyms exist in other Semitic languages.

The animal, found in abundance in the homeland of the Arabs, is often mentioned and described in ancient poetry and proverbs. Much of the information on the animal derives from just these sources which are freely quoted in later zoological works. The ḍabb was eaten by the ancient Arabs who relished it as tasty food; still it is reported that the tribe of Tamīm, who were especially fond of eating it, were ridiculed on that account by other Arabs. In Islam…

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Kopf, L., “Ḍabb”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1641>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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