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Mad̲j̲maʿ ʿIlmī
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(i) Arab countries.

Mad̲j̲maʿ , pl. mad̲j̲āmiʿ , lit. “a place of collecting, a place in which people collect, assemble, congregate” (Lane i/2, 459), became in the second half of the 19th century, as mad̲j̲maʿ ʿilmī , a technical term for Academy of Science, mad̲j̲maʿ al-lug̲h̲a being an Academy of [Arabic] language. There is thus a close relationship between both kinds of mad̲j̲maʿ , since the striving for science takes place in an Arabic language made capable of it.

Whereas mad̲j̲lis [q.v.] had b…

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Waardenburg, J.D.J., Jazayery, M.A., J. M. Landau and Ed., “Mad̲j̲maʿ ʿIlmī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0607>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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