Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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, plural of dāʾira , group of families attached to the service and the person of a native chief in Algeria. Before the French conquest, the name of dawāʾir (local pronunciation dwāyr ) was borne especially by four tribal groups encamped to the south-west of Oran and attached to the service of the Bey of that city, although there were other dawāʾir, for example in the Titteri. They were organized as a militia, living on the products of the land put at their disposition by the Turkish government and the profit from expeditions against tribes who were unruly or refused to p…

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Cour, A. and Tourneau, R. le, “Dawāʾir”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 25 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1741>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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