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Qaynuqāʿ (Banū)
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One of the Jewish tribes of Medina (q.v.), generally considered part of the triad that also includes the Banū l-Naḍīr (see naḍīr [banū al-] ) and the Banū Qurayẓa (q.v.). A so-called “market of the Banū Qaynuqāʿ” in Medina was known in pre-Islamic times, and various sources state that the Qaynuqāʿ were famous as goldsmiths but — in contrast to the other Jewish tribes — they possessed no arable land. Their quarter, al-Quff, close to the center of Medina, housed a Jewish assembly-place (see jews and judaism; pre-islamic arabia and the qurʾān; south arabia, religion in pre-islamic). The most …

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Schöller, Marco, “Qaynuqāʿ (Banū)”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00347>

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