Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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(variants: ābinūs, ābunūs, abnūs and ābnus), ebony. This word is derived from the Greek ʾἔβενοΣ (comp. also the Hebrew hoben, the old Egyptian haben) which passed to the Aramean (abnūsā) and from there to the Persian, Arabic, Turkish and other languages. Although ebony had been already well known in the old days by the Semites, who imported it from India and Ethiopia, it was very liitle used at the early times of Islām, on account of its rarity and the scanty requirements of artistic goods. Absolute faith must not be given …

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Hell, J., “Abanūs”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 11 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_0013>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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