South Arabia, Religions in Pre-Islamic

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Christian Julien Robin
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The religious history of south Arabia is divided into two periods of unequal length: polytheistic from its beginnings (eighth century b.c.e.) until around 380 c.e. (see polytheism and atheism ), then monotheistic thereafter. Only the first is dealt with here; for the second,   see yemen; jews and judaism; christians and christianity. (For other aspects of pre-Islamic religious traditions of which the Qurʾān evinces knowledge, see e.g. abyssinia; magians; mecca; medina; najrān; sabians; sheba; soothsayer; syria.)

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