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, also ʿĀd̲j̲ b. ʿAnaḳ or ʿAnāḳ , the Arabic name of the Biblical ʿŌg, the giant king of Bas̲h̲an. The Ḳurʾān does not mention him. Al-Ṭabarī tells of his great stature and death: Moses was ten cubits in height, his staff ten cubits long, he jumped ten cubits high and smote ʿŪd̲j̲ in the heel; the body of the fallen giant served as a bridge across the Nile. Al-T̲h̲aʿlabī gives more details: ʿŪd̲j̲ was 23,333 cubits high, drank from the clouds, could reach to the bottom of the sea and pull out a whale …

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Heller, B and Wasserstrom, S.M., “ʿŪd̲j̲”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 04 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7681>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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