Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Glossary and Index of Terms

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Edited by: P.J. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel and W.P. Heinrichs
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Glossary and Index of Terms treats the technical terms in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu and other languages or dialects of the Islamic world. As an index, it is of immeasurable importance, in particular for the many terms which are not given an entry but are discussed in the course of an article; and as glossary it is an invaluable source of information for both non-specialist, who is given an insight into the varied and rich vocabulary of Islam, and the specialist, who may discover surprising new contexts in which a term is used.

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(13 words)

aʿaban (Mor) : a large outer wrap for Berber men. Libās


(41 words)

āb (P) : water; and Ābdār-Bās̲h̲ī; Ābs̲h̲ār āb-anbar Miṣnaʿa āb-i gus̲h̲t (P) : a s…


(7 words)

aba : roughly-spun cloth. Tatar


(20 words)

ʿabāʾ (A), or ʿ abāʾa : a coat, shoulder mantle, worn by both sexes in the Arab East. Libās


(46 words)

abad (A) : time in an absolute sense. ʿAbābda In philosophy, ~ or abadiyya is a technical term corresponding to ἀφθαρτός…


(38 words)

abʿādiyya (A, pl. abāʿid), or ibʿādiyya : uncultivated or uncultivable land in Egypt under Muḥammad ʿAlī;…


(14 words)

abanūs (A, P, T, < Gk) : ebony wood. Abān b. ʿUt̲h̲mān


(18 words)

ʿabāya (Alg) : a sleeveless, long overblouse for men; a sleeveless, flowing dress for women. Libās


(19 words)

abayān (A) : in zoology, the prawn and the shrimp. al-Sarāt, where many more synonyms are given


(19 words)

ʿabayt̲h̲arān (A) : in botany, a type of artemisia, also called rayḥān al-t̲h̲aʿālib ‘the foxes’ basilicum’. S̲h̲īḥ


(14 words)

abbāla : camel nomads in the central Sudan belt of Africa. al-S̲h̲uʿūbiyya


(40 words)

ʿabbas (Alg) : a verb signifying in Algeria ‘to go among the peasants to levy contributions of grain…


(77 words)

ʿabbāsī (P) : in numismatics, a Ṣafawid coin introduced by Shāh ʿAbbās I, the value of which was 4 S…


(116 words)

ʿabd (A, pl. ʿabīd) : a slave, in particular a male slave, a female slave being termed ama (pl. imāʾ). al-Abbāsiyya In th…


(4 words)

abdaʾa It̲h̲t̲h̲ag̲h̲ara


(95 words)

abdāl (A, s. badal) : in mysticism, the highest rank in the ṣūfī hierarchical order of saints (syn. …
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