Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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(a.), revelation [cf. also ḳorʾān, muḥammad]. As to the etymology of the word, cf. Jewish-Aramaic “to hasten”, Aethiopic “to go round, to recognise”, and the nonreligious meaning ilhām bi-surʿa, given by the Dictionary of Technical Terms; on the use of the verb by the poets, cf. Lisān, s. v. As a religious technical term it is distinguished from inspiration (ilhām, q. v.) of saints, artists and others, from tanzīl, which chiefly denotes the object of revelation and from inzāl which denotes the sending down of revelation from heaven and from its heavenly archetype [see umm al-kitāb], in so…

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Wensinck, A. J., “Waḥy”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 03 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5941>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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