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Re: Abdul Alhazred again

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 12:47
Citerar Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>:

> Hallo! > > On Mon, 22 May 2006 12:42:31 +0300, Isaac Penzev wrote: > > > Sorry to open a new thread - I'd already deleted the original messages, > when > > an idea came to my mind. > > I thought I heard a word sounding similar to Alhazred. I looked into a > > Turkish dictionary. Gotcha! _hazretleri_ means 'His Highness' or similar > > noble title (don't know them in English). Then I looked into a Persian > > dictionary, and found a word _hazrat_ (of Arabic origin) meaning the same. > > The root _hozur_ (spelt حضور - HuD`ûr) means 'presence (of an eminent > > person, like king, G-d)'. Can it be the name we are looking for? To confuse > > _d_ and unaspirated _t_ is easy, isn't it? > > Yes. So he would have been _Abd al-Hazrat_ 'Servant of the Eminent', > somewhat blasphemous as _al-Hazrat_ is none of the 99 Names of God, but
Another question; how old is this convention of Abd al + Name of God? The Mad Arab is supposed to have lived quite early in the Islamic period - around AD 700. Andreas