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The word Mosalmân is the common term for Muslim among Central Asian Muslim communities

Musulmán/Mosalmán (Persian: مسلمان‎‎) is a synonym for Muslim. This term is modified from Arabic. It is the origin of the Spanish word musulmán, the (dated) German Muselmann, the French word musulman, the Polish words muzułmanin and muzułmański, the Portuguese word muçulmano, the Italian word mussulmano or musulmano, the Romanian word musulman and the Greek word μουσουλμάνος (all used for a Muslim).[1] In English it was sometimes spelled Mussulman and has become archaic in usage.

Apart from Persian, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, and Greek, the term could be found, with obvious local differences, in Armenian, Dari, Pashto, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Panjabi, Turkish, Kazakh, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Azeri, Maltese, Hungarian, Czech, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Dutch, and Sanskrit.

In Nazi concentration camps the word "Muselmann" was a derogatory term used among captives to refer to those resigned to their impending death resulting from extended starvation and exhaustion.[2]


  1. ^ Musalman - Internet Encyclopedia of Religion
  2. ^ Levi, Primo. If this is a man, Everyman's Library (2000)