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Sūmanāt
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, the spelling in the Indo-Muslim sources for the ancient Indian town of Somnāth , properly Somanātha “lord of soma” (the hallucinogenic drink of the early Indo-Iranians), referring to Siva (S̲h̲iva), and, by extension, “lord of the moon”. It is now an ancient ruined town on the southwestern coast of the Kāt́hīāwāŕ peninsula of western India, in what was the older Indo-Muslim sultanate of Gud̲j̲arāt [q.v.].

Recent excavations have revealed settlement there dating back to 1500 B.C., and Somnāth plays a part in the story of the death of Kṛṣna (Kris̲h̲na) in the Mahābhārata . In the 8th c…

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Bosworth, C.E., “Sūmanāt”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7185>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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