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(a., pl. anās̲h̲īd , nas̲h̲āʾid , ans̲h̲ād ), a piece of oratory, a chant, a hymn and a form of vocal music. The root n-s̲h̲-d signifies to search for (a lost object), to ask for it, plead for it; and in its form IV ans̲h̲ada means to recite poetry. “The original sense of ins̲h̲ād” , according to the TA, “is the raising of the voice ( nis̲h̲da ), whence derives ins̲h̲ād al-s̲h̲iʿr , a protracted poetical recitation delivered in a loud voice.” The term nas̲h̲īd , itself considered as referring to the raising of the voice, probably took on its musical connotation at the time when…

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Shiloah, A., “Nas̲h̲īd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 13 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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