Dissimulation
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The action of concealing one's religious convictions when divulgence would bring danger or death, called taqiyya in Arabic. Two qurʾānic verses seem to allow Muslims to conceal their true convictions in case of danger, i.e. q 3:28 and 40:28 (cf. q 16:106). The two main terms found in these verses for tactical dissimulation or mental concealment in matters of faith are taqiyya, literally “care” or “fear” (from the same root w-q-y come tattaqū and tuqātan in q 3:28) and kitmān, literally “the act of concealing or hiding” (from k-t-m, cf. yaktumu in q 40:28).

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Amir-Moezzi, Mohammad Ali, “Dissimulation”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 20 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00122>



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