Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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, designation in Arabic of the king of Abyssinia. It is a loanword from Aethiopic “king, prince” etc. In Arabic it is sometimes used as a proper noun, sometimes as a nomen appellativum. The word is also genuine Arabic, but as such it has the meaning of driver of game. It does not occur in the Ḳurʾān. In Ḥadīt̲h̲ it is the designation of the king of Abyssinia, just as Ḳaiṣar [q. v.], Kisrā [q. v.] and al-Muḳawḳas [q. v.] are the designations of the rulers of Rūm, Fāris and Miṣr. In their totali…

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Wensinck, A. J., “al-Nad̲j̲ās̲h̲ī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 29 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_3388>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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