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Zahir, El

Index: El Zahir. EpĂ­logo, El Aleph, OC,Obras completas. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1974. 629.

Borges story, 1947

Fishburn and Hughes: "Arabic for 'visible', 'manifest': one of the attributes of Allah mentioned in the Koran (57:3): 'He is the First and the Last, the Manifest (zahir), and the Hidden (batim).' The dichotomy between zahir and batim is reflected in the two ways of interpreting the Koran: whereas zahir is based upon a purely literal reading of the text, batim seeks more hidden or esoteric meanings." (214)