from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See hegira.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A departure or flight; specifically, the departure of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina, a. d. 622, to escape the enmity of the Meccans; hence, the Mohammedan era, reckoned by lunar years of 354 and 355 days from July 16th, 622, though the true date of the event is supposed to be about June 19th.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622 which marked the beginning of the Muslim era; the Muslim calendar begins in that year
- n. a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
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The Hejira is the beginning of the Mohammedan era; and so in all countries where the rulers and people are
Some of my favorite lines from Joni Mitchell, from the song "Hejira," on the album of the same name:
With "Hejira," issued a year later, she made an album for the ages.
Reading that made me think of this passage from "Song for Sharon" on her great album -- I have it framed and hanging on a wall in my house -- "Hejira":
Why not "Hejira" or "A Case of You" or "I Wish I Had a River" or any of ten others?
The title track, "Hejira" is okay, but much darker than all else on the album.
On first listening I judged 'Hejira' to be the most boring, jazz-infected rubbish I had ever heard; to the extent that I returned it to the record shop the following day in part exchange for a copy of the recently released 'Bob Dylan At Budokan'.
Subsequently I grew up, and 'Hejira' has nestled comfortably in my top 10 records for many years, while 'At Budokan' some time ago assisted a child in Africa via the good offices of Oxfam.
The quartet will be powered by Peruvian-born, former Weather Report drummer-percussionist Alex Acuna, whose recording credits include U2's "Rattle and Hum," Joni Mitchell's "Hejira" and albums by Paul McCartney, Madonna, Whitney Houston and many others, as well as performances supporting Elvis Presley, Diana Ross, Celia Cruz and others.
Regarding the year, the Shah wanted to change it to the time of the first Persian Empire more than 2,500 years ago, but the clergy forced him to continue the origin from the Hejira of Mohammad in 621/622 AD.