, sing. Ṣaḳlabī, Ṣiḳlabī, the designation in mediaeval Islamic sources for the Slavs and other fair-haired, ruddy-complexioned peoples of Northern Europe (see A.Z. Velidi Togan,
Die Schwerter der Germanen , 19-38). 1. The Ṣaḳāliba of Northern and Eastern Europe. The actual name was a borrowing from Middle Greek Σλάβος, “Slav.” this, in turn, is to be connected with the self-designation of the Slavs,
Slověne (cf. the Rus’ usage
Sloven’ski̊y yazi̊k “Slavs”, “Slavic nation” in the
Povest’ vremyanni̊k̲h̲ let , in
PSRL, i, 5-6, 28, Mod. Russ.
Slavyane , Ukr.