Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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Bābā
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, (Turkish) “father” is also used as a designation of any old man of the people, in East Turkish it also denotes “grandfather” (Vámbéry, Čagat. Sprachstudien, p. 240; Süleimān-Efendi, Lug̲h̲āti d̲j̲ag̲h̲atai, p. 66). This surname is best known from the story in the 1001 Nights of ʿAli Bābā and the Forty Thieves (French Translation by Galland), of which the Arabic original has recently been discovered (Duncan B. Macdonald in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, April 1910). Some holy men have borne the name, like Geikli Bābā and Dog̲h̲li Bābā who accompanied Sultān Or…

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Huart, Cl., “Bābā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 20 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_1083>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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