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, (Arabic), denotes “the art of the flying-hunt”, and is not restricted to the designation of “falconry”. (Its Persian origin (from bāz : goshawk; see below) is more closely related to the notion of “ostring art”). Derived from bayzār , “ostringer”, an Arabicised form of the Persian bāzyār/bāzdār , it was preferred to its dual form bāzdara ; the words bāziyya and biyāza were scarcely used in the Muslim Occident. The use of rapacious predatories ( kāsir , pi. kawāsir ) as “beasts of prey” I ( d̲j̲āriḥ , pi. d̲j̲awāriḥ ) was undoubtedly known to the Arabs before Islam, and Imruʾ al-Ḳay…

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Viré, F., “Bayzara”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 08 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_1346>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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