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Manār, Manāra
(2,084 words)

(a), “lighthouse”, an elevated place where a light or beacon is established; the means of marking (with fire, originally) routes for caravans or for the army in war; lampstand (“candelabrum”, archaic meaning); minaret (in this sense normally in the fern., manāra , whereas for “lighthouse”, in both the masc. and fem., manār , manāra). In some modern Arabic dictionaries we also find fanār . It is by chance that this latter word resembles phare (French), faro (Italian, Spanish, which derive their origin from Pharos = the islet situated at the entrance to the port of Alexa…

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Sadan, J. and Fraenkel, J., “Manār, Manāra”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 26 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4903>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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