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Badr, the site of an important battle in 2/624 between the early Muslims and the Meccan clan of Quraysh, is a small town about 150 kilometres southwest of Medina, almost fifty kilometres inland from the Red Sea.

1. The place

It lies in a rectangular plain surrounded by steep hills and sand dunes. While the surrounding region is arid, Badr itself was built on a fertile plain, with abundant springs and wells of fresh water and large areas covered with palm trees, bananas, vineyards, and other fruits.

The name Badr originat…

Cite this page
Athamina, Khalil, “Badr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004209824, 2011, 2011-3

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