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Filāḥa
(13,214 words)

, agriculture.

Falḥ , the act of cleaving and cutting, when applied to the soil has the meaning of “to break up in order to cultivate”, or “to plough”. Fallāḥ “ploughman”, filāḥa “ploughing”. But from pre-Islamic times the word filāḥa has assumed a wider meaning to denote the occupation of husbandry, agriculture. In this sense it is synonymous with zirāʿa , to which the ancients preferred filāḥa (all the earlier writers called their works on agriculture Kitāb al-Filāḥa ). At the present …

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Shihabi, Mustafa al-, Colin, G.S., Lambton, A.K.S., İnalcık, Halil and Habib, Irfan, “Filāḥa”, 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 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0222>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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