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Kutāma
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or Ketama , one of the great Berber families; when Islam was introduced into North Africa, they occupied all the northern part of the region of the Constantincis, between the Awrās [q.v.] and the sea, that is the region containing the towns of Īkd̲j̲ān, Seṭīf, Bāg̲h̲āya, Ngaus (Niḳāwus), Tiguist (Tikist), Mīla, Constantine, Skīkda, D̲j̲id̲j̲ellī, Bellezma, and also Lesser Kabylia. One legend flattering the national pride makes them to have been descended from the Ḥimyarites brought there by Ifrīḳus. Katām, the eponymous ancestor of their race, was said …

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Basset, R., “Kutāma”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4575>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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