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Taʾrīk̲h̲
(48,480 words)

(a.) “date, dating, chronology, era”, then also “annals, history”.

I. Dates and Eras in the Islamic World

1. In the sense of “date, dating”, etc.

i. Etymology .

The non-Arabic origin of this word was recognised by the mediaeval philologists, but the often-cited derivation of the participle muʾarrak̲h̲ “dated”, from a supposed Persian compound māh-rōz “month-day”, is naturally fanciful. In fact, it clearly belongs to the common Semitic root for “moo…

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De Blois, F.C., Van Dalen, B., Humphreys, R.S., Marin, Manuela, Lambton, Ann K.S, Woodhead, Christine, Athar Ali, M., Hunwick, J.O., Freeman-Grenville, G.S.P., Proudfoot, I. et al., “Taʾrīk̲h̲”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1184>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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