Sirād̲j̲
(1,629 words)

(a.), lamp (synonyms miṣbāḥ , ḳindīl , etc., from Pers. čirāg̲h̲ via Syriac s̲h̲rāgā or s̲h̲rāg̲h̲ā ). In the Ḳurʾān, the word sirād̲j̲ occurs four times, and miṣbāḥ three times, in the sense of lamp or beacon. In LXXI, 15/16, the sun is characterised as a sirād̲j̲, and XXXIII, 45/46, the Prophet is called a “shining lamp”, sirād̲j̲ munīr . The most famous reference is, however, in the “light verse”, XXIV, 35, where God’s light is compared with a niche in which is a lamp [see nūr . 2.]. Later in Islam, Ibn ʿArabī [q.v.] interpreted the allegory of the Ḳurʾānic “fourfold light”, expressed by mis̲h̲k…

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Beg, M.A.J., “Sirād̲j̲”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7059>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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