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, the name of the ancient capital of the South Arabian kingdom of Ḥaḍramawt [q.v. in Suppl.].

The name of this town appears in classical sources as Sabata (Strabo, Geographica , XVI, 4.2, according to Eratosthenes), Sabatha (Ptolemaios, Geographia , VI, 7.38), Sabbatha ( Periplus maris Erythraei , 27) and Sabota (Pliny, Natural history, VI, 155; XII, 52). Ptolemaios calls the town a metropolis, and the Periplus additionally calls it the residence of the king, for whom silverware, horses, statues, and clothing of fine quality are imported. Pliny mentions as the…

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Müller, W.W., “S̲h̲abwa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6731>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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