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(a., ultimately from Greek μαγγανικόν, via Aramaic, cf. Fraenckel, Die aramänische Fremdwörter , 243, passing into Spanish as almajaneque , cf. Dozy and Engelman, Glossaire , 153), a general term for any kind of stone-throwing siegeengine. The expressions mand̲j̲anīḳ and ʿarrāda [q.v.] are both used for this kind of machine, and although the ʿarrāda may have been the smaller of the two, the expressions often seem to be interchangeable. Mand̲j̲anīḳ occurs more frequently than ʿarrāda, but their presence at a siege is often confined to a mere mention, without any descri…

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Hill, D.R., “Mand̲j̲anīḳ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 28 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4917>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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