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Naǧrān
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[German Version]

(Najran) is an oasis town situated on the ancient Frankincense Road in the southwestern part of Saudi Arabia. Naǧrān originally designated the oasis, and later became the name of its main settlement, attested as Rgmtm in Old South Arabian inscriptions and as Ragma in Ezek 27:22, where it is mentioned as a trading partner of the Phoenician city of Tyre (LXX ῾Ραγμα, MT רַעְמָה/Raʿmāh). A Christian community was established in Naǧrān in the 5th century and stood under the authority of its own bishops (Arabian Peninsula: I, 1). Late Sabaean inscriptions record that wh…

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Müller, Walter W., “Naǧrān”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024009>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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