Please excuse the deviation from English etymology but I need a little help with an Arabic term.
What Jews call “The Temple Mount” (Har HaBayit) is a plateau in Jerusalem that features a complex of mosques and the Dome of the Rock. In Arabic this is referred to as Al Haram Al Sharif (sometimes, “Al Haram Al Quds Al Sharif") translated as “The Noble Sanctuary”. I sense that “al sharif” means “noble”, but “quds” means “holy” or “sacred”. Does “al haram” mean “(the) sanctuary”? Does Al Haram Al Quds Al Sharif, therefore, mean “The Noble Holy Sanctuary”?
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