Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Bāb
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(a.) door, gate. Unlike the open tent of the Bedouin the ancient Arab house formed a sort of stronghold which could only be entered by a door, Bāb. As is still often the case the door varied with the style of house and was small and concealed, heavy and barricaded, or high and open. The Bāb always concealed the view into the interior of a dwelling, nothing of the richness and beauty of which could be gathered from thé exterior. The Bāb thus became a symbol of approach and beginning of the means …

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Hell, J., “Bāb”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_1080>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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