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al-K̲h̲aḍir (al- K̲h̲iḍr)
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, the name of a popular figure, who plays a prominent part in legend and story. Al-K̲h̲aḍir is properly an epithet (“the green man”); this was in time forgotten and this explains the secondary form K̲h̲iḍr (approximately “the green”), which in many places has displaced the primary form.

(i) In the Ḳurʾān and in oriental legend

Legends and stories regarding al-K̲h̲aḍir are primarily associated with the Ḳurʾānic story in Sūra XVIII, 59-81, the outline of which is as follows. M…

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Wensinck, A.J., “al-K̲h̲aḍir (al-K̲h̲iḍr)”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 09 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0483>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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