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Kaʿba
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A cube shaped building situated inside the Great Mosque(al-masjid al-ḥarām) at Mecca. Although the term kaʿba is attested only twice in the Qurʾān ( q 5:95, 97), there are other qurʾānic expressions that have traditionally been understood as designations for this structure (i.e. certain instances of al-bayt [lit. “the house,” see house, domestic and divine ]; as well as of masjid [see mosque ]). In Islamic tradition, …

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Hawting, Gerald R., “Kaʿba”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 27 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00102>



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