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Tents and Tent Pegs
(1,690 words)

Portable shelters for nomadic peoples and the means to affix them in the ground. Arabic lexicographical works and dictionaries provide us with a considerable variety of terms designating a tent (see tools for the study of the qurʾān ). Most of this vocabulary goes back to Arab philologists of the eighth/ninth centuries c.e. like al-Aṣmaʿī (d. 213/828), Abū ʿUbayda (d. 209/ 824-5) and Abū Zayd al-Anṣārī (d. 215/830) to whom later lexicographers owe most of their knowledge about pre-Islamic Arabs, their culture and language (see arabs; pre-islamic arabia and the qurʾān; arabic language; a…

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Pietruschka, Ute, “Tents and Tent Pegs”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 26 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00416>

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