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
Assisted by C. Ott, under the patronage of the International Union of Acadamies

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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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(29 words)

ḥāʾ (A) : the sixth letter of the Arabic alphabet, transcribed , with numerical value 8. It is an unvoiced pha…


(29 words)

hāʾ (A) : the twenty-sixth letter of the Arabic alphabet, transcribed h, with numerical value 5. It is an unvoi…


(5 words)

ḥababawar S̲h̲aḳīḳat Al-Nuʿmān


(19 words)

ḥabara (A) : a dark, silky enveloping outer wrap for women, worn in the Arab East. Libās


(113 words)

ḥabas̲h̲ (A), or ḥabas̲h̲a : a name said to be of south Arabian origin, applied in Arabic usage to the …


(35 words)

ḥabb (A) : grains, seeds. ḥabb al-naʿām (A) : in botany, ‘ostrich berries’, the…


(50 words)

ḥabba (A) : lit. grain or kernel; as a unit of weight, a ~ was a fraction in the Troy weight system …


(18 words)

ḥabīb (A) : lit. beloved; al-Ḥabīb is the usual Ḥaḍramī title of a Sayyid. Sayrām; S̲h̲arīf


(9 words)

ḥabīs (A) : an anchorite, recluse. Siʿird


(48 words)

habiz (SpA) : assumed to have been derived from aḥbās pronounced with a variation in timbre, i.e. aḥbīs, a term denot…


(41 words)

ḥabs Mawḳūf; Sid̲j̲n; ʿUrwa; Waḳf ḥabsiyya (P, < A) : in Persian literature, a…


(96 words)

ḥabs̲h̲ī : a term applied in India for those African communities whose ancestors originally came to …


(25 words)

hād (A) : in botany, cornucala monacantha, which grows in dried-out basins in the Libyan Desert and provid…
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