Ḳarya al-ʿUlyā
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, a village in northeastern Arabia. Situated at 27° 33′ N, 47° 42′ E about 170 m. above sea-level and having a population of 2,200 (1963 estimate), it was founded as a hid̲j̲ra, or colony of the Wahhābī Ik̲h̲wān [q.v.] by members of the ruling clan of the Muṭayr tribe. From about 1930, it has been a minor Bedouin market centre. It is often called simply Ḳarya, the full name being used to differentiate it from neighbouring Ḳarya al-Suflā [q.v.]. The two are sometimes referred to together as Ḳarayāt (a vernacular plural). The establishment of Ḳarya was a major incident in th…

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Mandaville, J., “Ḳarya al-ʿUlyā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3956>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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