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al-Aḥsāʾ
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Al-Aḥsāʾ is a cluster of oases in the Eastern Province (al-Minṭaqa al-Sharqiyya) of Saudi Arabia. The name al-Aḥsāʾ (or al-Ḥasā) has frequently been applied to the eastern coastal region in general. Its most important settlements in modern history are the capital, al-Hufūf, and al-Mubarraz. The population has traditionally been divided almost evenly between Sunnīs and Twelver Shīʿīs.

Al-Aḥsāʾ has always been one of the largest agricultural areas of the Arabian Peninsula (more than twelve thousand hectares). Its economy was based mainly on date cultiva…

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Peskes, Esther, “al-Aḥsāʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0319>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: 9789004161658, 2008, 2008-1



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