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Dissimulation In Sunni Islam and Morisco Taqiyya

Dissimulation In Sunni Islam and Morisco Taqiyya


Date Published: 
Monday, 2 December, 2013

This study provides an outline of the religious doctrine of taqiyya or dissimulation in Sunni Islam, drawing on Qur,anic commentaries, hadith compilations, legal manuals, and ethical treatises. Moriscos and the North African jurists who advised them had access to discussions of taqiyya and the closely connected legal dispensation of coercion (ikrah) through these sources, many of which were wellknown in al-Andalus before the Reconquista, and some of which continued to be popular afterwards. Attention to this material helps one to interpret the 1504 fatwa of Ibn Abi Jum,a al-Wahrani to the Moriscos and in particular his discussion of blasphemy under coercion.

Key words: Moriscos; Dissimulation; Taqiyya; Coercion; Ikrah; Blasphemy; Paronomasia.