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The Original Meaning Of Arabic Wazir

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Wazῑr appears in the Qurʾān in two passages in which Aaron is designated as Wazῑr of his brother Moses: Sūra 21,30 and Sūra 25,37. Baiḍāwi, in his commentary on the first of these two passages relates the various views of Arab philologists concerning the etymology of Wazῑr. According to Islamic tradition, the title Wazῑr as designation of an office was for the first time conferred on Abū Salamah al-Ḫallāl, the chief emissary of the ʿAbbāsids in Ḫurasān.

Keywords: Arab philologist; Arabic Wazῑr



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