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Iram
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Iram is an ancient Arabian name most commonly associated in modern writing with a lost city in southeastern Arabia, the capital of the pre-Islamic people of ʿĀd, whom God destroyed for their disbelief (Cobb, 2:559; Clapp). The meaning of “Iram” has, however, undergone a complex evolution of varied and debated interpretations in both Muslim and European narratives.

Pre-Islamic Nabatean epigraphy uses ʾrm as a toponym in northwestern Arabia (…

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Webb, Peter, “Iram”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_32509>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4



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