Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Kaʿba
(8,757 words)

, the palladium of Islām, situated almost in the centre of the great mosque in Mecca.

I. The Kaʿba and its immediate neighbourhood.

The name, not originally a proper name, is connected with the cube-like appearance of the building. It is however only like a cube at the first impression; in reality the plan is that of an irreguiar rectangle. The wall facing northe…

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Wensinck, A. J., “Kaʿba”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 07 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_COM_0113>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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