Taḳlīd
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(a.), from the verb ḳallada “to imitate, follow, obey s.o.”, meaning acceptance of or submission to authority. The word, with this semantic range, is not found in the Ḳurʾān nor in ḥadīt̲h̲ literature (as covered by Wensinck’s Concordance ). It has an important role throughout the Muslim religious sciences where it has a predominantly negative meaning, implying unreasonable and thoughtless acceptance of authority. It was, however, capable of being rescued and given a positive orientation. Different degrees of positive orientation c…

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Calder, N., “Taḳlīd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7343>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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