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ʾInšāʾ
(2,217 words)

Lexically speaking, ʾinšāʾ is the maṣdar of the verb ʾanša ʾa ‘to create’. In Arabic linguistic terminology, it is the opposite of xabar. Xabar designates the assertive (xabariy(ya)) utterance (kalām) or sentence (jumla); ʾinšāʾ designates the non-assertive utterance or sentence (ġayr al-xabariy(ya)). According to the encyclopedist al-Kafāwī (d. 1094/1683), it consists of two subdivisions, ṭalabī ‘jussive utter…

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Pierre Larcher, “ʾInšāʾ”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0050>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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