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taqiyah

or ta·qi·ya

[tuh-kee-yuh]
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noun (in Shiʿite Islam)
  1. the practice of denying one's religion, permissible when one is faced with persecution, especially by Sunnites: regarded as a means of protecting the religion.
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Origin of taqiyah

From the Arabic word taqiyyah literally, caution, prudence
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