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Μακοράβα). Now Mecca; a city in the western part of Arabia Felix. Even before the time of Mohammed it appears to have been regarded with veneration by the Arabs, who worshipped the Deity there in the shape of a meteoric stone. The town before the time of Mohammed was held by the Kosuites and then by the Koreish, from whom the Prophet took it in A.D. 627. See the article by Prof. Robertson Smith in the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1883).

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