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by Micha F. Lindemans
An oracular deity whose statue -- in human form and made of red carneol -- stood in the Ka'ba until Muhammad destroyed in in 8 AH/630 CE. Until that moment, it had received numerous offerings from pilgrims. He gave oracles through seven arrows. Hubal was the tutelary deity of Mecca (Qur'an 17:83).

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