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Dhawq (taste, tasting), a central concept in Sufism, derived from the Qurʾān and developed over several centuries, which has several interrelated meanings. From the scientific point of view, the primary sense of taste is the sensory capacity possessed by human beings and other creatures, enabled by the specialist organs of the tongue and mouth, to discriminate and evaluate whatever su…

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Stephen Hirtenstein, “Dhawq”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 19 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_037167>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110

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