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D. ) However, Saba remained the dominant power. The Sabaean civilization was technologically and socially advanced and had one of the region’s strongest armies. The crowning achievement of the civilization was the construction of the Marib Dam, said to have measured some 50 feet (16 m) high, almost 200 feet (60 m) wide, and some 2,000 feet (620 m) long. It included a sluice system, diversion wall, and settling basin. C. 5 square miles. Nearby was the capital city of Marib. Pliny, who traveled in the area, wrote of its lush vegetation and rich agriculture.

M. Amin/Aramco World/PADIA) 27 A BRIEF HISTORY OF SAUDI ARABIA The Quraysh was Mecca’s dominant tribe. They are thought to have arrived in Mecca sometime early in the fifth century and took control of it shortly thereafter when Qusayy, one of its members, became Mecca’s ruler, possibly through marriage to the daughter of the king he succeeded. By the time of Muhammad’s birth in the latter sixth century, ongoing warfare between the Byzantine Empire and Persia’s Sassanid dynasty had severed the caravan route from the Mediterranean to the mouth of the Persian Gulf.

Shrines and holy places were found throughout the peninsula. Among the thousands of inscriptions discovered within the peninsula, invocation of various deities is the most common subject. The Bedouin also incorporated beliefs of Semitic astral religions, recognizing deities associated with heavenly bodies. Several goddesses (al-Lat, al-Uzzah, al-Manat) were revered above all. Some animistic religions also recognized a superior deity, Allah, though this figure’s powers seem vaguely defined and the veneration accorded it weak.

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