Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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Āl-i Aḥmad

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Author(s): de Vries, G. J. J.
, sayyid d̲j̲alāl , Iranian prose writer and ideologist (1923-69). His…


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[see naṣārā ].


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Author(s): Cohen, A.
, town in the Western Region of Nigeria, originated during the 1820’s on the site of an Egba village as a war encampment set up by groups of wandering Yoruba soldiers from the old Oyo Empire, Ile Ife and Ijebu. Those were times of great uph…


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Author(s): Bousquet, G.-H.
(pl. of ʿibāda ), submissive obedience to a master, and therefore religious practice, corresponds, together with its synonym ṭāʿa , in the works of fiḳh , approximately to the ritual of Muslim law (we do not say “cult”, see below), as opposed to the muʿāmalāt which include more or less all the rest (but which, in the strict sense, correspond to synallagmatic contracts only). The distinctions are elusive, as so often in these matters. Ṣalāt is quite certainly an ʿibāda, but some affirm that marriage is also one (which is the more remarkable in that the Muslim marriage does not imply any religious ceremony), and here it must be understood that it is a matter of a “pious practice”. Moreover, distinctions between the different sections of muʿāmalāt are also discussed by the…

ʿIbādat Ḵh̲āna

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Author(s): Ali, M. Athar
, literally “House of Worship”, the name of the chamber or building where religious discussions among theologians were held under the patronage of the Mug̲h̲al Emperor Akbar. It was constructed by Akbar at Fatḥpūr Sikrī [ q.v.] the seat of his court, in 983/1575. He was then interested in finding a common interpretation of Muslim law, and invited Muslim jurists and theologians to hold discussions with a view to resolving their disputes; he was hims…


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Author(s): Lewicki, T.
, one of the main branches of the K̲h̲ārid̲j̲īs [ q.v.], representatives of which are today found in ʿUmān, East Africa, Tripolitania (D̲j̲abal Nafūsa and Zuag̲h̲a) and southern Algeria (Wargla and Mzab). The sect takes it name from that of one of those said to have founded it, ʿAbd Allāh b. Ibāḍ al-Murrī al-Tamīmī. The form usually employed is Abāḍiyya; this is true not only of North Africa ( e.g., in the D̲j̲abal Natūsa, cf. A. de C. Motylinski, Le Djebel Nefousa , Paris 1898-9, 41 and passim ), where it is attested in the 9th/15th century by the Ibāḍī writer al-Barrādī ( Kitāb Ḏj̲awāhir al-mun…


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Author(s): Baer, G.
or Abʿādiyya (pl. abāʿid ) was the term used in 19th century Egypt for land surveyed in 1813 under Muḥammad ʿAlī, but not included in the cadaster and not taxed because it was uncultivated. These lands extended over an area of 0.75 to 1.0 million feddān s (a feddān amounted, at the end of Muḥammad ʿAlī’s rule, to 4,416.5 square metres). To increase the country’s wealth he made free grants of ibʿādiyya to high officials and notables, exempting them from taxes on condition that they improved the land and prepared it for cultivation. The first re…


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Author(s): Madelung, W. | M. G. S. Hodgson
(II) “permission”, a term commonly applied to antinomian teachings (or actions), especially as asserted among certain S̲h̲īʿī and Ṣūfī groups. Antinomian trends were strong among the more radical S̲h̲īʿī circles from an early date. “Allowing the forbidden”, ibāḥat (or taḥlīl ) al-maḥārim , is a constantly recurring accusation against certain groups on the fringe of the S̲h̲īʿa; it served, among other criteria, to class them among the G̲h̲ulāt [ q.v.]. The …


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Author(s): Schacht, J.


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Author(s): Qureshi, I.H.
, Hindu sect. The Ibāḥatiya were, by some writers on Indo-Muslim history, confused with the Ibāḥiyya or Aṣḥāb al-Ibāḥa . As the Ismāʿīlīs are included among the latter, these writers have though…


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[see ibāḥa (II)].


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Author(s): Grohmann, A.


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Author(s): Gardet, L.
, absolute creation, primordial innovation.— The term itself is not Ḳurʾānic, but the Ḳurʾān calls God Badīʿ , Absolute Creator, Innovator. The two verses II, 117 and VI, 101 assert that God is “Creator ( Badīʿ) of the heavens and the earth”: we should obviously understand by this, of everything. The commentators emphasize that God is called Badīʿ by virtue of His (absolute) creation of the heavens and the earth, and K̲h̲āliḳ by virtue of His creation ( k̲h̲alḳ ) of man (“made of clay”, LV, 14). There is another distinction founded on the Ḳurʾān: the text frequently contrasts “the…


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Author(s): Ed.
(a.), “replacement”, “mutation”, technical term in Arabic grammar indicating on the one hand morphological features involving a mutation of a phonetic character, the grammatical ( naḥwī ) ibdāl as in ittaṣala <* iwtaṣala [see hamza , …


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Author(s): Pellat, Ch.
(a.), collective noun indicating the two main species of the camelidae , the camelus dromedarius, or dromedary, with a single hump, and the camelus bactrianus, or camel proper, with two humps. The latter species, common in Central Asia, in western China and in northern Persia, was known to the Arabs under the name of fālid̲j̲ (pl. fawālid̲j̲ ); the crossing of two-humped stallions with Arab female camels ( ʿirāb ) produced the species called buk̲h̲t (sing, buk̲h̲tī , pl. bak̲h̲ātī ) which did not breed and which was used mainly as a beast of burden (see al-D̲j̲āḥiẓ, Ḥayawān


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Author(s): Wensinck, A.J. | Gardet, L.
, proper name of the devil, probably a contraction of διάβολος. A different etymology has been suggested by D. Künstlinger, in RO, vi, 76 ff.; ¶ the Arab philologists consider that Iblīs derives from the root bls , “because Iblīs has nothing to expect ( ublisa ) from the mercy of God”. He is also known as ʿAduww Allāh (the enemy of God) and al-ʿAduww (the Enemy). Finally he is given the common name of al-s̲h̲ayṭān [ q.v.]. In the Ḳurʾān he appears at two points in the story of the beginning of the world. (1) When God had created Adam [ q.v.] from clay and had breathed into him the spirit of life, He ordered the angels to bow down before the first man, but Iblīs refused to bow down before this mortal “created from malleable clay” (XV, 30-3; XVII, 61; cf. VII, 11 and XXXVIII, 73-4); and God cried: “Then go thou forth hence; thou art accursed ( …


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Author(s): Ed.

Ibn ʿAbbād

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[see ʿabbādids ; al-muʿtamid ].
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