Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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, vow, was taken over into Islām from the pre-Muḥammadan Arabs and underwent modification by the new religion. The idea of dedication is associated with the root n-d̲h̲-r which is also found in South Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic and to some extent in Assyrian. An animal could be the object of dedication among the Arabs. For example, they dedicated by nad̲h̲r certain of their sheep etc., for the ʿatīra feast in Rad̲j̲ab (Lisān al-ʿArab and Ḏj̲awharī, s.v.); the dedication which was expressed in solemn formulae signified that the animals were removed from the mundane sp…

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Pedersen, Johs., “Nad̲h̲r”, 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_3381>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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