town, western Yemen, lying in the Yemen Highlands, in a valley 12 miles (19 km) wide between two volcanic peaks at 8,000 feet (2,400 metres) above sea level. Although local tradition dates many of the sites in the district to biblical times, the first certain historical mention of Dhamar is by the Arab geographer and philologist Yaqut (1179-1229), who wrote of its fine public buildings and of the fertility of the surrounding countryside.

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