Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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, (Hebr.), a title used in Judaeo-Islamic societies generally to designate descendants of the house of David, who were accorded particular respect. Many individuals of Davidic descent held this honorific tide, which was inherited through the patrilineal line. Davidic descent alone did not confer political authority. The nasīʾ Daniel b. Azarya, who served as head of the Palestinian academy, pronounced that members of the house of David were not authorised to hold public office except when appointed by him (T.-S. 12.229, cited in Goitein, A Mediterranean society, ii, 19 and n. 47).…

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Sanders, P., “Nasīʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5817>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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