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A large, ruminant mammal used for carrying burdens and for riding in the desert regions of Asia and Africa. The central Asiatic species has two humps on its back, while the Arabian camel, or dromedary, has only one. The presence of this animal in the Near East and North Africa appears to date back to the third millennium b.c.e., although there is no evidence of the domesticated dromedary prior to the 11th century b.c.e. (cf. H. von Wissmann, Badw). The camel played an important role in sacrifices (see sacrifice; consecration of animals): Before Muḥammad's time, they were ritually slau…

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Khoury, R.G., “Camel”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 03 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00070>

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