Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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(a.), infinitive of form II of the verb labbā, which is formed from the term labbaika to mean “to pronounce the formula labbaika” etc. Labbaika is connected — and probably rightly — by the Arab lexicographers with labb un which means “offering devoted service” as labbaika does “at your service”. According to the native grammarians labbai is a „frequentative” dual. It is difficult to say what is the significance of the element ai in this and similar forms like saʿdaika. The explanation from the Hebrew proposed by Dozy (De Isrdëliten te Mekka, Haarlem 1864, p. 120) may be said to be now…

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Wensinck, A. J., “Talbiya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 17 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5642>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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