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(in Bedouin pronunciation, Nagb), the Negev desert of southern Palestine, in what is now the State of Israel. It stretches from the coastal plains of Mad̲j̲dal and the southern Hebron hills down to the Gulf of ʿAḳaba [q.v.]. The name Negev is originally Hebrew, meaning “the dry land”, and is mentioned several times in Genesis (e.g. xii. 9, xiii. 1, xx. 1, etc.) as the place where Abraham often encamped with his livestock and where he dug the well eventually called Beʾers̲h̲evaʿ (Ar. Biʾr al-Sabʿ [q.v.]). The place-name Nagb is not found in Classical Arabic historical or geograp…

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Bailey, C., “al-Naḳb”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 19 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5769>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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