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(a.), verbal noun, and taḥannat̲h̲a , verb, are words found in some of the accounts of Muḥammad’s first prophetic experience. Already in the earliest texts which are available to us, they are accompanied by variant interpretative glosses and explanations, and their significance has been debated in both traditional and modern scholarship.

In Ibn His̲h̲ām’s Sīra (151-2), Ibn Isḥāḳ reports that Muḥammad used to spend one month each year making d̲j̲iwār [q.v.] at Ḥirāʾ—"that was a part of the taḥannut̲h̲ of Ḳurays̲h̲ ( mimmā taḥannat̲h̲a bihi Ḳurays̲h̲ ) in the Ḏj̲āhiliyya ". Tahạnnut̲h̲

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Hawting, G.R., “Taḥannut̲h̲”, 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_7304>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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