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Sabaeans
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a Semitic people in the area of modern Yemen, home of an advanced civilization in antiquity. The center of the kingdom of Saba was the city of Mārib, situated in a riverine oasis. With it as a base, in the early 7th century bce the Sabaean ruler Karibʾil Watar gained ascendancy over the rival kingdoms of Qatabān to the south and Ḥaḍramaut to the east, along with the confederation of Minaean towns to the northwest. From the 3rd century bce on, the Sabaean kingdom expanded into the Yemenite uplands, where a competing Himyarite kingdom emerged in the 1st century ce. When the Sab…

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Müller, Walter W., “Sabaeans”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124676>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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