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Kas̲h̲f(2,458 words)

, the act of lifting and tearing away the veil [which comes between man and the extra-phenomenal world]. Al-D̲j̲urd̲j̲ānī’s Taʿrīfāt (ed. Flügel, Leipzig 1845, 193) states that, according to the Arabic lexicon, kas̲h̲f means “to take away the veil”, but in technical terminology ( iṣṭilāḥ ) it means “to make appear in a complete and actual realisation the mysterious senses and the realities which are behind the veil”. It is worthy of note (see below) that this definition copies word-for-word a text of the Imāmī scholar Ḥa…

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"Kas̲h̲f." Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 29 July 2014 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopaedia-of-islam-2/kashf-COM_0458>
First appeared online: 2012
First Print Edition: isbn: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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