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Rūznāma
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(p.), literally “record of the day”, hence acquiring meanings like “almanac, calendar, daily journal” etc.

1. As a mediaeval Islamic administrative term.

In the ʿAbbāsid caliphate’s financial departments, the rūznāmad̲j̲ was the day-book ( kitāb al-yawm) in which all the financial transactions of the day—incoming taxation receipts, items of expenditure— were recorded before being transferred to the awārad̲j̲ , the register showing the balance of taxation in hand. The form rūznāmad̲j̲ points to an origin of this practice in Sāsānid administration. Later, in Fāṭimid…

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Bosworth, C.E., “Rūznāma”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 12 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0947>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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