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Palimpsest Other dated 2018-12-06

To Juliana our sovereign Queen of Arms and the worthy College of Heralds, I recommend me to you. This letter contains multiple changes to the list of Alternative Titles proposed and researched by Basil Dragonstrike, Lions Heart Herald.

1: County - New Other

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Release of Qadi

We propose the release of Qadi as a masculine title equivalent to Count.

Lions Heart writes,

In SCA's period, Qadi appears to have been the title of a judge of the religious law (Sharīʻa). As stated by the Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd edition, volume 2, page 890, "The ḳaḍīs, who under the Umayyads had been appointed by the governors, were [under the ʻAbbāsids] appointed by the caliph...[ḳāḍīs] had to be specialists in religious law, and they had to apply nothing by the sacred Law,...the greater part of of criminal justice was taken over by the police..."

Note also, op. cit, volume 4, page 373, "In theory, the competence of the ḳāḍī is general,...The religious nature of his office...However, his competence in penal matters is extremely limited; being responsible for enforcing the sharʻ, he is restricted solely to the very few crimes envisaged by the law...their repression...by the shurṭa..."

I believe this title is inappropriate as an equivalent for Count/Countess due to its very specifically juridical, and religious, nature. Indeed, its religious nature would appear to means its use as a title in the SCA violates Corpora II.F, "Policy on Religion".


2: County - New Other

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Release of Qadiya

We propose the release of Qadiya as a feminine title equivalent to Countess.

Qadiya is the feminine form of the masculine title Qadi. Lions Heart writes,

In SCA's period, Qadi appears to have been the title of a judge of the religious law (Sharīʻa). As stated by the Encyclopaedia of Islam, 2nd edition, volume 2, page 890, "The ḳaḍīs, who under the Umayyads had been appointed by the governors, were [under the ʻAbbāsids] appointed by the caliph...[ḳāḍīs] had to be specialists in religious law, and they had to apply nothing by the sacred Law,...the greater part of of criminal justice was taken over by the police..."

Note also, op. cit, volume 4, page 373, "In theory, the competence of the ḳāḍī is general,...The religious nature of his office...However, his competence in penal matters is extremely limited; being responsible for enforcing the sharʻ, he is restricted solely to the very few crimes envisaged by the law...their repression...by the shurṭa..."

I believe this title is inappropriate as an equivalent for Count/Countess due to its very specifically juridical, and religious, nature. Indeed, its religious nature would appear to means its use as a title in the SCA violates Corpora II.F, "Policy on Religion".


3: Peerage Order - New Other

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Release of Maulan

We propose the release of Maulan as a masculine Arabic title for a member of a peerage order. We have found no evidence that this is a word used as a title in Arabic, either in SCA period or today; indeed, it does not appear to be an Arabic word at all.


4: Peerage Order - New Other

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Release of Maulana

We propose the release of Maulana as a feminine Arabic title for a member of a peerage order.

Maulana is a form of the Arabic word Mawlānā, which literally means "our lord" or "our master". Maulana is used today in South Asia as a term of respect for Islamic religious scholars. A related form, Mevlana, was used for religious teachers in sixteenth-century Ottoman Turkey; see Ursula Georges, "Sixteenth-Century Turkish Titles and Bynames" ( https://www.s-gabriel.org/names/ursula/ottoman/titles.html ). Because the word was used for religious authorities, we do not believe it is appropriate as an SCA title; furthermore, this word is not feminine.


5: Viscounty - New Other

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Change from Naquiba to Naqiba

We propose changing the feminine Arabic title at the level of a Viscounty from Naquiba to Naqiba. The current form appears to be a spelling error.


6: Viscounty - New Other

OSCAR is unable to find the name, either registered or submitted.

Change of Naquib to Naqib

We propose changing the masculine Arabic title at the level of a Viscounty from Naquib to Naqib. The current form appears to be a spelling error.


Written at the Barony of Cynnabar on the feast day of Saint Nicholas in the year of grace mmxviii.


OSCAR counts 6 Others. These 6 items may or may not require payment. There are a total of 6 items submitted on this letter.

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