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ʿĀd, an ancient Arab tribe, is mentioned by name twenty-four times in the Qurʾān, as the people to whom the prophet Hūd was sent. One of the peoples associated with the long-lost past, they are named in pre-Islamic poetry and are a part of ancient Arabian mythology. They represent the origin of the Arabs in the distant past and exemplify their power, longevity, and pride; this sense is found in dictionaries, with the word ʿādī, meaning “very ancient,” connected etymologically to the ʿĀd (see Lan…

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Rippin, Andrew, “ʿĀd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_26300>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: 9789004171374, 2008, 2008-2

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