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Minā
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, later often pronounced Munā , a place in the hills east of Mecca on the road from it to ʿArafa [q.v.]. The distance between the two is given by al-Muḳaddasī as one farsak̲h̲ , while Wavell calls it five miles and says the continuation to ʿArafa is nine miles. Minā lies in a narrow valley running from west to east, 1,500 paces long according to Burckhardt, surrounded by steep barren granite cliffs. On the north side rises a hill called T̲h̲abīr. Travellers from Mecca come down into the valley by a hill path with steps in it; this is the ʿAḳaba [q.v.] which became famous in connection with Muḥam…

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Buhl, Fr., “Minā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 02 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5201>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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