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  • proper n. The emigration of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE to escape persecution.
  • proper n. The beginning of the Muslim era, equivalent to July 16, 622, by the Julian calendar of the day.

Etymologies

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From Medieval Latin Hejira, from Arabic هجرة (híjra, "departure, exodus"), referring to Muhammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 CE; from the verb هجر (hájara, "to emigrate, to abandon").

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