jahiliyyah

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • al-Jahiliyah
  • jahalia
  • jahhiliya

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic جاهلية (jāhilíyya, ignorance).

NounEdit

jahiliyyah

  1. (Islam) The age of ignorance, barbarism and unbelief in Arabia before the coming of Islam; more recently its meaning has been expanded to mean Western non-Muslims.
    • 1834: Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, page 422 (Cambridge University Press for the Royal Asiatic Society)
      Some valuable chapters are occupied with the drawing of parallels between the Arabian Jāhiliyyah, or pre-Islamic period, and Greek heroic antiquity; some others with the history of Arabic poetry, and an endeavour to define the characteristics of the different periods and their chief representatives.

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