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Bāb al-Mandab
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, the strait, 17 miles broad, between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. According to Yāḳūt, Muʿd̲j̲am, iv. 650 ff., Mandab which means the place of calling, or of lament for the dead, is the name of a mountain on the Arabian coast. According to the legend mentioned by him, this mountain was originally joined to the outlying mountains opposite the African coast till a certain king caused it to be cut through. Mandab or Mandam is also however, the name of a harbour, the ’ΟκηλὶΣ ἐμπόριον of Ptolemy, which at the pre…

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“Bāb al-Mandab”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 24 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_1082>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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