ḳiṣaṣ , the term which, after a long evolution, is now generally employed in Arabic for the novel, whilst its diminutive
uḳṣūṣa , pl.
aḳāṣīṣ , has sometimes been adopted, notably by Maḥmūd Taymūr [
q.v.] as the equivalent of “novella, short story”, before being ineptly replaced by a calque from the English “short story”,
ḳiṣṣa ḳaṣīra . The sections of the following article are largely devoted to these literary genres as they are cultivated in the various Islamic literatures, even if the word
ḳiṣṣa is not itself used by them. Although some Berber tongues use the Arabic term (