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(a.), a term of Islamic religion denoting piety.

1. Etymology and range of meanings.

Taḳwā is a verbal noun from taḳā “to fear [God]”, itself a secondary formation from form VIII of w-ḳ-y , ittaḳā “to fear [God]” (see on this phenomenon, Wright, Arabic grammar, I, § 148 Rem. b). From this same secondary formation is derived the adjective taḳī , pl. atḳiyāʾ “pious, God-fearing”, in fact a synonym of the form VIII participle muttaḳī .

Depending on context, the denotations of the term in classical Islamic religious and mystical literature include “godliness”, “devoutness”,…

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Lewisohn, L.. "Taḳwā." Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Brill Online, 2016. Reference. 30 May 2016 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopaedia-of-islam-2/takwa-COM_1457>
First appeared online: 2012
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