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ʿAnsāra
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, the name of a festival. Ibn al-Ḥād̲j̲d̲j̲ ( Tād̲j̲ al-Mulūk , Cairo 1312) derives the word from the Arabic root ʿṣṛ . For more than three-quarters of a century, Dozy, on the one hand, and Eguilaz y Yancas on the other, have attributed it to the Hebrew ʿaṣārā ( ʿaṣeret̲h̲ ) "an assembly of the people to celebrate religious festivals, especially Pentecost". Among the Copts, it is still the name for Pentecost (Lane, Modern Egyptians , ii, 363). In Spain, existing in the. forms alhanzaro , alhanzara , alhansara , it is the feast of St. John, among both Christians and Muslims (Cf. Dozy and Engelmann, Gl…

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Marçais, Ph., “ʿAnsāra”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 16 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0679>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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