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>From: "Lawrence DeBivort" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: RE: Fundamentalism and beliefs
>Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 01:17:24 -0500
>"Mosque" is an English effort to capture the Arabic word, 'masjid'
>(pronounced in Arabic mas-jeed). The Arabic root is 'sajada', meaning 'to
>worship' or 'to bow down before God.' The prefix 'm' combined with the
>particular form of the root -- 'sjid' -- produces the meaning, a 'place to
>worship.' 'masAjid' is the plural.
>In Egypt and some parts of North Africa, the practice is to pronounce a 'J'
>as we pronounce a hard 'G', though without changing the spelling. Thus in
>those areas 'masjid' is pronounced 'masgid', and it is likely that it is
>from this pronunciation that 'mosque' was rendered. French, Italians, etc.
>rendered the pronunciation and spelling in different ways, e.g. 'mosque'e'
>in French. See, for example, 'La Grande Mosque'e de Paris' in the 5ieme.
>Alas, no relationship to mosquito. Perhaps, in between persecuting their
>Muslim and Jewish subjects, Isabella and Ferdinand found time for some
I was somewhat skeptical of the mosque/mosquito connection. You can't
believe everything one reads in a book or on an URL.
So am I to take it that English speaking Muslims do not take offense to
having their places of worship called "mosques" because of some supposed
connotation with mosquitoes being swatted?
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