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Sabasṭiyya
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, Sebasṭiyya , the Arabic name of various towns in the Near East.

1. The ancient Samaria, which Herod had changed to Σεβαστή in honour of Augustus. The form Σεβάστεια—as in the case of other towns of this name—was presumably also used, as the Arabic name (which is sometimes also written Sabaṣṭiyya) suggests. By the end of the classical period, the town, overshadowed by the neighbouring Neapolis (Sichem; Arabic, Nābulus), had sunk to be a small town (πολίκνιον) and played only an unimportant part in the Arab period. It was conquered by ʿAmr b. al-ʿĀṣ while Abū Bakr was still caliph; the inh…

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Honigmann, E., “Sabasṭiyya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6370>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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