Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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ʿŪd̲j̲
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, also ʿĀd̲j̲ b. ʿAnaḳ or ʿAnāḳ, is the Arabic name of the Biblical ʿŌg, the giant king of Bas̲h̲an. The Ḳurʾān does not mention him. Ṭabarī, Annales, I, 500—501 tells of his great stature and death: Moses was ten ells in height, his staff ten ells long, he jumped 10 ells high and smote ʿŪd̲j̲ in the heel; the body of the fallen giant served as a bridge across the Nile.

T̲h̲aʿlabī gives more details: ʿŪd̲j̲ was 23,333 ells high, drank from the clouds, could reach to the bottom of the sea and pull out a whale which he roasted on the sun. Noah drove him in front of th…

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Heller, Bernhard, “ʿŪd̲j̲”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 21 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5873>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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