Hans Wehr on Palestine

November 15, 2009

Today as I was reading the Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, I noticed an interesting small bit on page 292:

خليل kalil (pl.) اخلاء akilla, خلان friend, bosom friend; lover; الخليل Hebron (town in Jordanian Palestine) خليل الله epithet of Abraham

This dates this entry in the dictionary to the period between 1948 and 1950 when the entire West Bank became part of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

FYI: The original German edition was published in 1952. The English translation finished in 1960 and published in this 4th edition in 1979.

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