(a.), mosque, the noun of place from sad̲j̲ada “to prostrate oneself, hence “place where one prostrates oneself [in worship]”. The modern Western European words (Eng. mosque , Fr. mosquée , Ger. Moschee , Ital. moschea ) come ultimately from the Arabic via Spanish mezquita .
I. In the central Islamic lands
A. The origins of the mosque up to the Prophet’s death.
The word msgdʾ is found in Aramaic as early as the Jewish Elephantine Papyri (5th century B.C.), an…
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Freeman-Greenville, G.S.P. and
Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs.
Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0694>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007