The Iranian Origin of the Word ‘Barid’

The Iranian Origin of the Word ‘Barid’ The origin of the Arabic word barid (“the post”) is problematic; various interpretations have been advanced, but are based solely on linguistic reasoning, which is an essential yet insufficient approach. Loan words like barid must be assessed in the global historic and anthropological context of the Middle East during the transition to Islam. In particular, the importance of oral culture during this period in Sasanian and Arab societies needs to be considered. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Persianate Studies Brill

The Iranian Origin of the Word ‘Barid’

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1874-7094
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1874-7167
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10.1163/18747167-12341306
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Abstract

The origin of the Arabic word barid (“the post”) is problematic; various interpretations have been advanced, but are based solely on linguistic reasoning, which is an essential yet insufficient approach. Loan words like barid must be assessed in the global historic and anthropological context of the Middle East during the transition to Islam. In particular, the importance of oral culture during this period in Sasanian and Arab societies needs to be considered.

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Journal of Persianate StudiesBrill

Published: Jun 1, 2017

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