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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ḍabb (A) : in zoology, the thorn-tail lizard ( Uromastix spinipes). Čuwas̲h̲


(38 words)

dābba (A, pl. dawābb) : in zoology, any living creature which keeps its body horizontal as it moves, ge…


(17 words)

dabbāba (A) : penthouse, a siege instrument, mainly a Frankish weapon. Ḥiṣār ff.; testudine. Ḥiṣār


(11 words)

dabbāg̲h̲ (A) : the profession of a tanner. Čobān-Og̲h̲ullari̊


(51 words)

dabbūs : in music, a wooden sceptre, to the head of which is attached a number of chains with jingli…


(38 words)

dabīb (A) : ‘crawling’, in literature, a theme originating in pre-Islamic poetry where it was possib…


(43 words)

dabīḳī : a type of material, manufactured more or less everywhere but stemming originally from a loc…


(65 words)

dabīr (P) : scribe, secretary, used as the equivalent in the Persian cultural world, including the I…


(98 words)

ḍābiṭ (A, T zabit) : an Ottoman term for certain functionaries and officers; later, officers in the arm…


(38 words)

ḍabṭ (A) : the assessment of taxable land by measurement, applied under the later Dihlī Sultanate an…


(50 words)

ḍabuʿ (A, < Sem; P kaftār, T ṣi̊rtlan, B ifis), and ḍabʿ : in zoology, the hyena. From this generic term, other…


(11 words)

dabūr (A) : in meteorology, the west wind. Rifāʿiyya


(39 words)

ḍād (A) : the fifteenth letter of the Arabic alphabet, transcribed , with the numerical value 800. Its definit…


(40 words)

dad̲j̲ād̲j̲a (A) : in zoology, the domestic fowl. Dadalog̲h̲lu In astronomy, the constellation of the Swan, a…


(57 words)

dad̲j̲d̲j̲āl (A, < Syr) : lit. deceiver; the personage endowed with miraculous powers who will arriv…


(24 words)

dād̲j̲in (A) : among the pre-Islamic Arabs, a sheep kept near the house and especially fattened for …


(57 words)

dad̲j̲r (A), or dud̲j̲r, dud̲j̲ūr : in mediaeval agriculture, the wooden cross-beam of the ancient tille…


(28 words)

dafʿ (A) : in law, the reply, and, by extension, every reply made by a party in contradiction of a p…
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