[b-hebrew] tsofeh?

Vincent DeCaen decaen at chass.utoronto.ca
Mon Apr 7 15:27:02 EDT 2003

anybody out there got a handle on medieval hebrew?  i'm wondering why 
tsofeh (from root tsadeh-peh-heh), and extension of the biblical sense, 
giving tsofi as an adjective, has never been proposed as a source for 
arabic sufi (without real etymology: wool--no, sofia--no).

i'm wondering if someone knows of some source with such a proposal.  they 
guys/gals in islamic studies have never heard of it.... ;-)

Dr Vincent DeCaen
Research Associate
Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
University of Toronto

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