What does the word hegira mean?

Usage examples for hegira

  1. The revolt of the Arabs, which overthrew the power of the Persians in their western provinces and for a time restored Egypt to Constantinople, was the foundation of the mighty empire of the caliphs; and the Hegira, or flight of Muhammed, from which the Arabic historians count their lunar years, took place in 622, the twelfth year of Heraclius. – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12) by S. Rappoport
  2. That wretched stone from the cavern where Mahommed slept in the Hegira! – The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton by Wardon Allan Curtis
  3. The promises of the Houris are almost exclusively to be found in Suras, written at a time when Mohammed had only a single wife of sixty years of age, and in all the ten years subsequent to the Hegira, women are only twice mentioned as the reward of the faithful. – The Women of the Arabs by Henry Harris Jessup