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Amulet
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By way of the French or the Italian, the words ‘amulet’ (Arab., hammālāt, ‘necklace’) and ‘talisman’ (arab., tilsamān, ‘magical images’) were adopted in European languages in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The character of the amulet tends rather to be protective and resistant (apotropaic), while that of the talisman is more positive and fortifying. The quality of an amulet, to be sure, depends on the ‘material’ (precious stones, noble metals, rare minerals, or striking appearance), but such quality is…

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Hutter, Manfred, “Amulet”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00002>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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