Dying for a Cause Other Than God: Exploring the Non-religious Meanings of Martyr and Shahīd

  title={Dying for a Cause Other Than God: Exploring the Non-religious Meanings of Martyr and Shahīd},
  author={Sandy Habib},
  journal={Australian Journal of Linguistics},
  pages={314 - 327}
  • S. Habib
  • Published 11 May 2017
  • Philosophy
  • Australian Journal of Linguistics
This paper looks into the non-religious meanings of English martyr and its near Arabic equivalent shahīd. It compares and contrasts them and provides an explication of each concept using the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) method. The explications make use of simple, universal concepts, which renders the explications highly translatable into all languages, as well as accessible to cultural outsiders. 
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