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

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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(24 words)

nabaz (A, pl. anbāz) : in onoma…


(32 words)

nabbās̲h̲ (A) : lit. burrower, excavator; in mediaeval Islam, a category of thieves, said to be well…


(33 words)

nabī (A, pl. nabiyyūn) : prophet. When used in the Qurʾān, ~ seems to occur only in Medinan passages an…


(72 words)

nabīd̲h̲ (A) : intoxicating drinks, several kinds of which were produced in early Arabia, such as mizr (from barley;…


(28 words)

nābita (A) : a term of classical Arabic meaning ‘rising generation’, but one which today has acquire…


(14 words)

nabḳ (A) : in botany, the fruit of the Sidr tree. Sidr


(30 words)

nabl (A) : in archery, a wooden or Arab arrow, one of the three main words denoting the arrow,…


(59 words)

nad̲h̲īr (A, pl. nud̲h̲ur) : ‘warner’; a Qurʾānic term, whose opposite is bas̲h̲īr, mubas̲h̲s̲h̲ir. Both ~ and bas̲h̲…


(54 words)

nadīm (A, pl. nidām, nuda…
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