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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Namings and etymology

The word "Iblis" may be derived from the Arabic verbal root balasa بَلَسَ, meaning "he despaired"; therefore, the linguistic meaning of Iblis would be "he/it that causes despair".[1] However, some maintain an etymological derivation from the Greek "Diabolos".[2]

"Shayṭān" "Satan" is both a noun and an adjective. As a noun it means "adversary", "enemy", "opponent," or "rebel" and as an adjective it means "adversarial," "opposing," or "evil." In popular Islamic culture, Shaitan is often simply translated as "The Devil," but can refer to any of the beings who rebelled against Allah. Shaytan has a similar meaning and origin to the Christian word Satan.
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