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can you help, please?


can you help, please?
Dear colleagues,
I īm doing a translation of a text from Arabic into English and there is a word in Arabic that I don īt know its equivalent in English. I īm wondering if you can help me. The word refers to the person who writes on a piece of paper or object so as to bring good luck or cure from an illness.
Thanks beforehand for your consideration.

4 Jul 2016      


I don īt think there is a direct translation.
Perhaps you can use the Arabic word (Anglisized) in italics and add an explanation.
We have a fortune teller and there are several synonyms, but none which match what you are describing. 
Maybe someone else can think of a better word. 

4 Jul 2016     

United States

Still looking for a word, but this may help in the search:
EDIT: Perhaps you could use "runemaker"

5 Jul 2016     


I came  across  this movie, Taweez: The Talisman Writer  So, maybe the person is a talisman writer?

5 Jul 2016     


I īm grateful beyond words for your help, dear colleagues. "talisman writer" almost fits the Arabic equivalent.

5 Jul 2016