Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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The members of the Be du in tribe of Maʿn in North Arabia were usually called Banū Bāhila after Bāhila, the daughter of Ṣaʿb who had married her stepson Maʿn. Their grazing-grounds in ancient times lay in southern Yemāma and are known to have been there as late as the fourth and fifth centuries. In later times we find them in the neighbourhood of Baṣra in possession of the well al-Ḥufair four miles from Baṣra, which is of importance to the caravans of pilgrims. The reputation of the tribe was a very bad one and the name Bāhili (Bahilite) was a term of reproach.


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Hell, J., “Bāhila”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_1147>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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