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al-Ḏj̲awf
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(al-Ḏj̲ōf), a district in South Arabia between Nad̲j̲rān and Ḥaḍramawt. According to the information obtained by Niebuhr during his stay in Vaman, it is for the most part flat and desert; many camels and horses are reared in it and are also exported. The soil is in many places also suitable for agriculture. The inhabitants are warlike Bedouins, who wear iron helmets and cuirasses. The chief place in Ḏj̲awf is Maʾrib, which is governed by its own S̲h̲arīf, while the villages and the desert are governed by an independent S̲h̲aik̲h̲.

Al-Ḏj̲awf is first mentioned by Hamdānī in his Ḏj̲azīra. He …

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Schleifer, J., “al-Ḏj̲awf”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 02 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_2058>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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