This is what I have found so far:

"In conclusion, we may note that a leather neck band, also called kilada, on the camel to avert the evil eye, especially if a bell hang from it, is suggested in one tradition." First Encyclopaedia of Islam: 1913-1936

"Silver bracelets or anklets, most often trimmed with tiny bells, are the most popular choice for children. The sound of the bells would protect the young wearer from evil spirits . . ." Saudi Arabia, Volumes 13-15

"Another group is one which is superstitious and which believes that someone may cast an evil spell upon their animals and they hang these collars [with bells] or ta'awidh around their necks." al-mawrid

I am looking for any additional information. In particular, I am seeking sources that are more detailed on the matter since the sources that I've found barely cover the topic. I am also curious as to whether bells were hung in homes for protection from the evil eye. It would be nice if these sources mention time period as well. Thank you.

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    @MarkC.Wallace Okay, I will add my research. – Haseeb Faisal Jun 17 '20 at 18:52
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    Good job on research. You found three sources, but I'm not clear on what you are looking for in addition to the above. Can you clarify? – Lars Bosteen Jun 18 '20 at 1:03
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    OK, that helps but please put your clarifications in the question rather in comments. – Lars Bosteen Jun 18 '20 at 5:56
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    @HaseebFaisal - nicely done; making a good question better. Welcome to the site. Wish I had the expertise to give you an answer; but I'll look forward to someone else's answer. – MCW Jun 18 '20 at 16:11
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    There are definitely some pre-islamic references, but you may have to look at Greek and Roman sources to see if they influenced use in the Arabic regions. Include apotropaic in your searches. – justCal Jun 18 '20 at 16:27

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