Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Tabūk
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, a town on the pilgrim road and on the railway from Damascus to Medīna (according to Yāḳūt four days’ journey from al-Ḥid̲j̲r and 12 from Medīna). It lies on a slight undulation of the sandy plain and has a very good well, probably the one mentioned in Arab legend. The most important building is the pilgrim’s fort built according to the inscription in 1064 (1654), the oldest parts of which can easily be distinguished from the later restorations. Beside it is a modern mosque built of beautifully hewn stones. Euting found the place empty excep…

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Buhl, Fr., “Tabūk”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 27 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5590>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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