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Aḥmad, one of the most distinguished names for the Prophet, which also appears in the Qurʾān. Grammatically, it is the elative form derived from the trilateral root ḥ-m-d, and is understood as the comparative or superlative of either the passive maḥmūd, meaning ‘more worthy, most wor-thy of praise’, or the active ḥāmid, meaning ‘praising to a higher or the highest degree’ (for a further discussion of the elative in Arabic grammar see Girod, passim). Although the latter meaning is considered prefera…

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Ahmad Pakatchi and Translated by Jawad Qasemi, “Aḥmad”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0201>
First published online: 2015

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