from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Islam The Devil; Satan.
- n. An evil spirit; a fiend.
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- n. An evil djinn of Arab mythology, Satan, devil
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An evil spirit; the evil one; the devil.
- n. One of bad disposition; a fiend.
- n. A dust storm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Islam) a rebellious jinni who leads men astray
The true shaitan is not a posturing pretender to romantic rebellion, not a puffed-up fool in black and scarlet, but a harlequin in ragged motley, dark and light, grinning wickedly but with sorrow in his eyes.
It isn't until the Book of Chronicles, merely fourth century BC, that the word shaitan is used to mean a being, and not only an attribute of God. "
In calling him shaitan, "satan," people were not always speaking metaphorically.
I didn't know I was a son of Sodom, a sexual shaitan in the making, but I was already on the side of the rebels.
They're the shaitan seen as an integral part of religion as a dialectical process, a antithesis.
No matter how much they mean well, they cannot fight the shaitan — the devil — that lives within.
I stand in its ruins and I say, I'm the shaitan they hate, those fundamentalists and conservatives.
This is why I accept that scapegoat role, say, sure, OK, I'll be the shaitan.
I mean they don't use their blog as a front for holocaust deniers or to recruit girls to some apocalyptic nirvana a la Jim Jones or to push anorexia, push porn or promote shaitan - they're solid, not off their brain and by no means boring.
Either way, when he takes up his stick and starts heading for the seat of power he becomes the shaitan, the Enemy, the eternal Enemy.
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