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ʿUtayba
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, a great and powerful Bedouin tribe of Central Arabia, second only in importance to the ʿAnaza or ʿUnayza [q.v.], and playing a significant role in the history of Arabia in the last 150 years or so. Doughty describes them as having pasture grounds extending from al-Ṭāʾif [q.v.] in the Ḥid̲j̲āz in the west to al-Ḳaṣīm [q.v.] in northern Nad̲j̲d in the east.

The name appears in various renderings in the travel accounts of Europeans, e.g. the ʿAteyba, pl. elʿAteybân of Doughty, and the ʾOṭeybah of Palgrave; according to J.J. Hess, the modern pronunciation use…

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Kindermann, H. and Bosworth, C.E., “ʿUtayba”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7765>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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