Definitions

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  • proper noun obsolete A certain portion of the coast of East Africa.
  • noun obsolete One of the Bantu-speaking inhabitants of this part of East Africa.

Etymologies

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Arabic زنج ("Land of Blacks, or Negros")

Examples

  • [FN#130] "Zanj," I have said, is the Arab. form of the Persian

    Arabian nights. English

  • Zanj,” I have said, is the Arab. form of the Persian

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Al – Wardi and Al – Kazwini notice them in the Isle Saksar, in the Sea of the Zanj (Zanzibar): the name is corrupted Persian

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • These contacts are exemplified by Arab geographer al-Idrisi's description of the known world (1154), which divided the Swahili coast into the land of Zanj, in the north, and the land of Sofala, in the south.

    d. East Africa

  • The Zanj, slaves of East African origin employed to reclaim salinated farmlands, rose in a great rebellion that laid waste to much of lower Iraq and put a strain on Abbasid resources.

    868-905

  • After the Zanj rebellion, slavery persisted in urban and village settings in the Islamic world, for the Qur'an allowed slavery but enjoined the kind treatment of slaves and defined their manumission as a blessing.

    868-905

  • Who Zanj [FN#130] and Habash bound beneath his yoke, * And Nubia curbed and low its puissance laid.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Locks of the Zanj [FN#13] and golden glint of hair; * Sweet gait and form a spear to have and hold:

    Arabian nights. English

  • [FN#86] The fable is from Al-Kazwini and Ibn Al-Wardi who place the serpent (an animal sacred to Æsculapius, Pliny, xxix. 4) "in the sea of Zanj" (i.e. Zanzibar).

    Arabian nights. English

  • Myth of Arab cultural domination of "Negroes" part 1 introduction to the land of Zanj

    WN.com - Articles related to Arab stocks slide on Greek debt worries, falling oil prices

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