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Sāḳī
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(a.), cup-bearer, the person charged with pouring wine, to be distinguished from the chief butler or sommelier ( s̲h̲arābī or ṣāḥib al-s̲h̲arāb ). The chief butler, an important official of the ʿAbbāsid court and the great houses of the highest classes (M.M. Ahsan, Social life under the ʿAbbāsids , London 1979, 156), is not unreminiscent of the sār ha-mas̲h̲kīm of the Pharaohs’ court (Gen. xl, 1) and the Sāsānid maybad̲h̲ (A. Christensen, L’Iran sous les Sassanides2 , Copenhagen 1944, 21-3, 389).

1. In Arabic usage.

During the D̲j̲āhiliyya . sāḳī had a double connotation: on one hand,…

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Arazi, A., Hanaway, W.L. and Soucek, P., “Sāḳī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 29 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0979>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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