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“Time Has Come Full Circle”: Markets, Fairs And The Calendar In Arabia Before Islam

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This chapter is a narrative tradition on "the markets of the Arabs before Islam" which provides interesting information about time and the calendar. The author finds the beginning of an explanation for why the Quran and early Islam rejected the intercalating Arabian calendar in favor of the lunar calendar of Islam. The chapter recalls what Abū Maʿshar and al-Bīrūnī said about the old Arabian calendar: that it was tied to the seasons of the solar year, and began each year in early autumn. The author claims that in the medieval Islamic sources we find two rival and, in the end, incompatible versions of what happened at the fairs and the pilgrimage in Arabia before Islam.

Keywords: Abū Maʿshar; al-Bīrūnī; Arabian calendar; Arabian markets; fairs; Islamic calendar



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