قرطاس

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From Aramaic קַרְטֵיסָא /‎ ܩܪܛܝܣܐ (qarṭīsā), from Ancient Greek χάρτης (khártēs).

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  • IPA(key): /qir.tˁaːs/, /qur.tˁaːs/

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قِرْطَاس or قُرْطَاس (qirṭās or qurṭāsm (plural قَرَاطِيس (qarāṭīs))

  1. paper, page
    • 609–632 CE, Qur'an, 6:7:
      وَلَوْ نَزَّلْنَا عَلَيْكَ كِتَابًا فِي قِرْطَاسٍ فَلَمَسُوهُ بِأَيْدِيهِمْ لَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا إِنْ هَذَا إِلَّا سِحْرٌ مُبِينٌ
      wa-law nazzalnā ʿalayka kitāban fī qirṭāsin fa-lamasūhu bi-ʾaydīhim la-qāla ʾallaḏīna kafarū ʾin hāḏā ʾillā siḥrun mubīnun
      And even if we had sent down to you, a written scripture on a page and they touched it with their hands, the disbelievers would say, “This is not but obvious magic.
    • 10th century, Al-Mutanabbi
      اَلْخَيْلُ وَٱللَّيْلُ وَٱلْبَيْدَاءُ تَعْرِفُنِي / وَٱلسَّيْفُ وَٱلرُّمْحُ وَٱلْقِرْطَاسُ وَٱلْقَلَمُ
      al-ḵaylu wa-l-laylu wa-l-baydāʾu taʿrifunī / wa-s-sayfu wa-r-rumḥu wa-l-qirṭāsu wa-l-qalamu
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  2. book, scroll, parchment
  3. papyrus

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