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The town of Habban (Ar. Ḥabbān; Coll. Ar. Ḥabbēn) was the easternmost and possibly the oldest Jewish community in South Yemen. It was once a trading town on an important incense route connecting Dhofar via the ancient port of Cana with highland Yemen. The area has long been politically unstable and was a tempting target for the nearby Awāliq chiefdom as well as strong pastoral tribes.

Habban is located in what was once known as the Wahidi Sultanate on the western …

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Laurence Loeb, “Habban”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0008760>
First published online: 2010

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