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(a.), literally “the act of comparing, comparison”.

1. In rhetoric.

“Simile” or “(explicit) comparison” is one of the most important literary techniques in all literatures. It is especially frequent in pre- and early Islamic Arabic poetry, where metaphor [see istiʿāra ] is less common than in ʿAbbāsid poetry, but it remained a central figure of speech, forming the main “point” of innumerable lines and epigrams. When describing objects, persons or events, classical poets are not content with “factual” description but feel compelled to …

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Gelder, G.J.H. van, “Tas̲h̲bīh”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1189>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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