Prison, ice cream, and shoes – etymology of words in Arabic (part 2)

Let’s continue with our journey into the etymology of Arabic words.   The word: لِيمان  (Līmān) or لُومان (Lūmān) This term is used in Egypt for prison. The word is found in Turkish as well but means something very different: harbor (مِيناء). The origin is perhaps from Byzantine Greek liménion (λιμένιον), from Ancient Greek limḗn (λιμήν). Some[…]

Which (Gregorian) year is 1435 Hijri?

The name هِجْرة (hijrah) describes the migration of the Islamic prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in June 622 CE. This also marks the beginning of the Islamic or (lunar) Hijri-calendar, so called التَّقْوِيم الهِجْرِيّ الْقَمَرِيّ The Muslim calendar is a lunar calendar and doesn’t follow a sol­ar[…]