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(Kaʿaba; Arab. for “cube”). A stone construction measuring 12×10×15 m in the center of the great mosque in Mecca (II). A hall was built above it around 700 ce, and in the 8th century (there were further extensions later) a courtyard and colonnade were added; inside there is a windowless room with three columns. The story that it was built by an Egyptian Christian carpenter is dubious and may reflect the later Islamic tendency to downplay the possible accomplishments of pre-Islamic times. The Kaʿba has a simp…

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Grabar, Oleg, “Kaʿba”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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