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, also commonly S̲h̲uhāra, the name of a large mountain, town and fortress in the district ( nāḥiya ) of al-Ahnūm in the Yemen, placed by Werdecker ( Contribution , 138) at 16° 14′ lat. N. and 43° 40′ long. E., i.e. approximately 90 km due east of the Red Sea coast and 110 km north, slightly west, of Ṣanʿāʾ [q.v.). Al-Ahnūm was originally of Ḥās̲h̲id, one of the two divisions of Hamdān. Today, however, the majority of its tribal groups are of Bakīl, the other division, and it is counted as Bakīl territory.

The town itself, known in former times as Miʿattiḳ, is called S̲h̲ahārat al-Raʾs s…

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Smith, G.R., “S̲h̲ahara”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 08 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6756>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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