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, the act of lifting and tearing away the veil [which comes between man and the extra-phenomenal world]. Al-D̲j̲urd̲j̲ānī’s Taʿrīfāt (ed. Flügel, Leipzig 1845, 193) states that, according to the Arabic lexicon, kas̲h̲f means “to take away the veil”, but in technical terminology ( iṣṭilāḥ ) it means “to make appear in a complete and actual realisation the mysterious senses and the realities which are behind the veil”. It is worthy of note (see below) that this definition copies word-for-word a text of the Imāmī scholar Ḥaydar Āmulī, some t…

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Gardet, L., “Kas̲h̲f”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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