ASKINAH (more rarely iskinah)

The normal designation in older texts for sanctuary and used almost exclusively, for example, in the of SAWIRUS IBN AL-MUQAFFA‘, up to the Fatimid period. After this period, in the process of a conscious reversion within to its religious origins in Judaism, the term was gradually superseded by the expression haykal (sanctuary), which derives from the Hebrew hekal (Holy of Holies).


  • Graf, G. Verzeichnis arabischer kirchlicher Termini, CSCO 147, P. 9, item 15. Louvain, 1954.
  • Muyser, J. “Des vases eucharistiques en verre.” Bulletin de la société d’archéologie copte 3 (1937):9-28.