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Ḥikāya
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(a.), verbal noun of ḥakā , originally meaning “to imitate”, but which, in consequence of a readily explained semantic evolution, came to acquire the meaning of “to tell, to narrate”; similarly the noun ḥikāya , starting from the meaning of “imitation”, has come to mean more specifically “mimicry”, and finally “tale, narrative, story, legend”. In classical Arabic the intensive form ḥākiya meant a “mimic” and modern Arabic has adopted the ac…

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Pellat, Ch., Bausani, A., Boratav, P.N., Ahmad, Aziz and Winstedt, R.O., “Ḥikāya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0285>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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