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Hamdān
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, a large Arab tribe of the Yemen group, the full genealogy being Hamdān (Awsala) b. Mālik b. Zayd b. Rabīʿa b. Awsala b. al-K̲h̲iyār b. Mālik b. Zayd b. Kahlān. Their territory lay to the north of Ṣanʿā [q.v.], stretching eastwards to Maʾrib [q.v.] and Nad̲j̲rān [q.v.], northwards to Ṣaʿda [q.v.], and westwards to the coast (Abū Arīs̲h̲). The eastern half belonged to the sub-tribe of Bakīl, the western to Ḥās̲h̲id [q.v.], and these are still found there.

In the D̲j̲āhiliyya Hamdān worshipped the idol Yaʿūḳ (but probably not Yag̲h̲ūt̲h̲ as sometimes stated; cf. Wellhausen, Reste , 20, 22).…

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Schleifer, J. and Watt, W. Montgomery, “Hamdān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2664>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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