Rad̲j̲ab
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, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar, was observed as a holy month in the period of the D̲j̲āhiliyya in spring. It was the month of the sacrifices of the ʿatāʾir offered to the pagan deities as a token of gratitude for the augmentation of their flocks and herds. It was also the time of invocations of their deities to increase the number of their flocks. It was as well the month of the sacrifices of the furuʿ , the firstlings of the flocks and herds. The owner of the flock had to sacrifice one ewe out of fifty (or hundred) of his herd.

The holy month of Rad̲j̲ab was also the month of peace in…

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Kister, M.J., “Rad̲j̲ab”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6174>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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