The Disappearance and Rediscovery of Zamzam and the ‘Well of the Ka'ba’

  title={The Disappearance and Rediscovery of Zamzam and the ‘Well of the Ka'ba’},
  author={Gerald Hawting},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={44 - 54}
  • G. Hawting
  • Published 1 February 1980
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
According to Muslim tradition, some time after the spring of Zamzam had been caused by God to gush forth for Hagar and Ishmael following their expulsion into the wilderness by Abraham, it disappeared. Because of the sins of the tribe of Jurhum, which until then had possessed Mecca and the control of its sanctuary (wilāyat al-bayt), Zamzam, the well of the sanctuary, dis-appeared or was hidden, and Jurhum was driven out of Mecca and lost the wilāyat al-bayt. The rediscovery of the well is… 

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