(a.), an Arabic term attested at a very early stage, in the ancient inscriptions of Arabia, with the meaning of message or of mission (G. Lankester Harding, An index and concordance of pre-Islamic names and inscriptions, Toronto 1971, 277).
In fact, risāla has many meanings; it has signified message, missive, letter, epistle and monograph; from the 5th/11th century onwards it could also be a synonym …
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Rahman, Munibur and
Tekin, Gönül Alpay,
Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs.
Consulted online on 28 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0926>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007