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, the name of a pseudo-historical figure, a recluse, who is to be connected, according to a later interpretation, with the Antonian tradition. In its folk-lore aspect, the tradition concerning Barṣīṣā must have assumed several forms, because at a late period Ibn Baṭṭūṭa came across, between Tripoli and Alexandria, a ḳaṣr Barṣīṣā al-ʿābid , a name which recalls the career of St. Antony and his long period of seclusion in an old castle ( ṣīṣat ). The Aramaic etymology of the name Barṣīṣā calls to mind the highest sacerdotal office, whether one considers the ṣīṣā as denoting the pectoral of…

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Abel, A., “Barṣīṣā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 14 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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