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Zahir


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Apparent, external, manifest. In esoteric interpretations of Islam, contrasted with the inner or hidden (batin) aspects of reality. The outer or apparent meaning of the Quran is made known traditionally through the discipline of tafsir (exegesis), while the hidden meanings of the text are accessed through the esoteric hermeneutical process known as tawil.

See also Batin

Subjects: Islam.


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