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Tents and Tent Pegs [Supplement 2016]
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Tents are portable shelters for nomadic peoples and tent pegs are the objects used to fix them to the ground. Arabic dictionaries and lexicographical works provide us with a considerable variety of terms for a tent (see tools for the study of the Qurʾān), and most of this vocabulary goes back to the Arab philologists of the second-third/eighth-ninth centuries. These include al-Aṣmaʿī (d. 213/828), Abū ʿUbayda (d. 209/ 824-5), and Abū Zayd al-Anṣārī (d. 215/830), to whom later lexicographers owe much of their knowledge about the pre-Islamic Ar…

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Ute Pietruschka, “Tents and Tent Pegs [Supplement 2016]”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050499>
First published online: 2016

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