Re: It may pay off just yet
|From:||Roger Mills <romilly@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 2, 2001, 3:04|
Barry Garcia wrote:
>Well, i was looking at a page of masculine names in Arabic (to look up
>what 'id meant (festival), and i found these words:
>bashir - bringer of glad
>bashshar - bringer of many glad tidings
>bishr - joy
>bushr - joy, happiness
>Well now, that's interesting (a Hebrew form was also cited); so now I'd
suspect the direction of borrowing was Arabic (perhaps via Persian) > India
> Indonesia, sometime in the period 1-800 C.E. That would account for the/tS/ of Old Jav/Indon. bicara, which seems odd as a direct reflex of Arab.
Even in the days of the Roman Empire, there was a flourishing land/sea-trade
network, in which Arabs were the first/last link, reaching as far as SE
Asia, perhaps even to Chinese ports.