ישמעאל

HebrewEdit

EtymologyEdit

From יִשְׁמַע(yishmá', yišmaʿ) +‎ אֵל('él, ʾēl), literally "God will listen".

Proper nounEdit

יִשְׁמָעֵאל (yishma'élm

  1. Ishmael
  2. (Medieval Hebrew) the Muslim world, the Muslims
    • 1140, Yehuda HaLevi, “1:6”, in Judah ben Saul ibn Tibbon, transl., Sefer Kuzari:
      אַחַר כָּךְ אָמַר הַכּוּזָרִי בְלִבּוֹ, אֶשְׁאַל אֱדוֹם וְיִשְׁמָעִאל, כִּי אֶחָד מִשְּׁנֵי הַמַּעֲשִׂים הוּא הַנִּרְצֶה מֵאֵין סָפֵק.‎‎
      After this the Khazar said to himself, I will ask the Christians and the Muslims, for one of these two is undoubtedly God's will.
      (literally, “After this the Khazar said in his heart, I will ask Edom and Ishmael, for one of these two actions must be that which is wanted, without a doubt.”)