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Ḥasab wa-Nasab
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, a muzāwad̲j̲a [q.v.] in the Arabic manner used of two aspects of the single idea of nobility. The second term denotes kinship, the relationship, particularly ancestral, i.e. the genealogy of an individual or a tribe, the record of which, in the time of the D̲j̲āhiliyya, was carefully maintained by the nassāba and which, under Islam, formed a branch of history [see nasab ]. The nasab , which was an element of honour, was based not only on consanguinity but also on maternal descent, although the relationship on the paternal side, which was more easily traced,…

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Ed., “Ḥasab wa-Nasab”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 27 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2751>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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