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in response to reader comment: The Ta Marbuta and Her Sisters

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Nov 27, 2011 at 10:25

PP wrote

>there is no "peaceful" implication whatsoever in the term "Islam" –

I agree

>what is implied, instead, is "surrender" or "resignation".

This is not true as the word surrendering means استسلام and for sure not اسلام otherwise islam would have been called Istislam and not islam and the word he resigns (to let us say his fate) means يتقبل

>But definitely not "peace".

You are correct and i suspect that Luxenburg could very well be correct that the word Islam is a loan word from Syriac shalmuta which is in Arabic would be al-itifaq

> An Arabic word for "receipt" (a piece of paper showing you've paid for something) is "istilaam", another term with origins in the verbal root [s-l-m]. If you can somehow show me that the word "receipt" in English or Arabic somehow implies "peace" on the basis that they have the same "root", then you're a better linguist that I am.

Wrong the word receipt in Arabic means وصل or wasl and not istilaam as istislaam means receiving

So what is really a linguist? enlighten us


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