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al-S̲h̲aʾm. al-S̲h̲ām

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Author(s): Bosworth, C.E. | Lammens, H. | Perthes, V. | Lentin, J.
, la Syrie, litt. «la région à main gauche», de l’ancien usage arabe considérant le locuteur comme faisant face au soleil levant, ayant ainsi la Syrie à sa gauche et la péninsule arabique, notamment le Yaman («la région à main droite») à sa droite (cf. al-Masʿūdī, Murūd̲j̲, III, 140-1 = § 992; al-Muḳaddasī, trad. fr. partielle A. Miquel, La meilleure, répartition pour la connaissance des provinces, Damas 1963, 155-6; les deux textes comportent d’autres explications plus fantaisistes). Dans l’usage islamique primitif, l’expression bilād al-S̲h̲ām s’applique à la zone que l’usag…

al-S̲h̲ām, al-S̲h̲aʾm

(23,192 words)

Author(s): Bosworth, C.E. | Lammens, H. | Perthes, V. | Lentin, J.
, Syria, etymologically, “the left-hand region”, because in ancient Arab usage the speaker in western or central Arabia was considered to face the rising sun and to have Syria on his left and the Arabian peninsula, with Yaman (“the rig̲h̲thand region”), on his right (cf. al-Masʿūdī, Murūd̲j̲ ., iii, 140-1 = § 992; al-Muḳaddasī, partial French tr. A. Miquel, La meilleure répartition pour la connaissance des provinces , Damascus 1963, 155-6, both with other, fanciful explanations). In early Islamic usage, the term bilād al-S̲h̲ām covered what in early 20th-…