Nommer l'animal en arabe d'après un auteur du XIIe siècle

Jacqueline SUBLET

fr Anthropozoologica 39 (1) - Pages 99-105

Published on 30 July 2004

This article is a part of the thematic issue Animal domestications: social and symbolic dimensions. Homage to Jacques Cauvin

Names given to animals according to a XIIth century Arabic source

To identify an animal and give it a name also means to domesticate it. The Arabic literature is using different metaphors for calling animals of the same species, giving them alternately one or several names or nicknames. Therefore, hundreds of names have been listed in repertoires. Our source is a text written in twelfth century's Iraq, which is a part of the rich Arabic biographical literature. We have been collecting some names and nicknames attributed to a number of animals according to different themes.


Animal, arabic, names, Middle Ages, biographical literature.

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