Meaning of Sabian in English:


Pronunciation /ˈseɪbɪən/


  • Relating to a non-Muslim sect classed in the Koran with Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians as having a faith revealed by the true God. It is not known who the original Sabians were, but the name was adopted by some groups in order to give themselves legitimacy as People of the Book.

    ‘‘It is clear from this case and from other recent judgements that the plight of Sabian Mandaeans and the persecution they face in Iran because of their beliefs has not been properly taken into account by the tribunal,’ he said.’
    • ‘Thabit ibn Qurra was a notable 9th century sage, a native of Harran and a member of the dedicated star worshippers of the Sabian sect.’
    • ‘Dr. Marc Edmund Jones describes reactions to this Sabian symbol as either positive -- ‘the effective continuity and breadth of resource in all human effort’-- or, when negative, ‘complete immobilization in superficial reality.’’
    • ‘Some Muslim scholars of that time maintained that there was another Sabian group, Sabât al-Batâ'ih, living in southern Mesopotamia.’


  • A member of the Sabians.

    ‘Suha Turaihi, an intellectual in Baghdad, said she was reading a book about Sabians, an ancient religion of Mesopotamia that dates to hundreds of years before Christ and still exists…’
    • ‘We read in the Koran: ‘Those who believe, and the Jews, the Christians, and the Sabians - any who believe in God and the Last Day, and act righteously shall have their reward with their Lord.’’
    • ‘He was, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, a Sabian and not a Muslim.’
    • ‘The sect, with strong Greek connections, had in earlier times adopted Greek culture, and it was common for members to speak Greek although after the conquest of the Sabians by Islam, they became Arabic speakers.’
    • ‘Being worshipers of the stars meant that the Sabians had a strong motivation for the study of astronomy and they produced many outstanding astronomers and mathematicians such as Thabit ibn Qurra.’
    • ‘The Baptists turned out be followers of John the Baptist; Sabians or Mandeans.’
    • ‘Also, there are other Sabians, Yazidis and other religions.’


Early 17th century from Arabic ṣābi'+ -an.