First Encyclopaedia of Islam: 1913-1936

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BRILL, 1993 - Civilization, Islamic
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SHAIKH SAID, a seaport in south Arabia on the strait of Bab al-Mandab, 2 miles from the island of Perim. It lies on a cape whose cliffs 850 feet high dominate this island. Two volcanic hills which lie on a peninsula 6 miles long by 4,1/2 broad here from the extreme southwest corner of Arabia. Between the latter and Perim runs the so-called Little Strait, called Bab ai-Manhali or Bab Iskandar by Arabs, because Alexander is said to have built a twon here; there are actully ruins south of the cape. A. Sprenger and E. Glaser have - probably righly - identified Shaikh Said with the ancient Ocelis or Acila mentioned by Pliny. P.279  

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