Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Wāw
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, 27th or 26th (when it precedes hāʾ; this is the sequence in some dictionaries), letter of the Arabic alphabet, with the numerical value of 6. For its palaeographical pedigree, see ababia, plate i. — It belongs to the group of the labials (al-ḥurūf al-s̲h̲afawīya) as well as to that of the soft letters (ḥurūf al-līn). It is pronounced like English w. In the north-Semitic languages and sometimes in Ethiopie, its place at the beginning of words is taken by y. In a few cases it corresponds with m (cf. urd̲j̲uwān “purple” with Aramaic and Hebrew ).

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Wensinck, A. J., “Wāw”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 06 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5975>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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