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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(36 words)

elči (T) : envoy, messenger; in Ottoman diplomacy, the normal word for ambassador, although sefīr (< A Safīr) was …

elifi nemed

(62 words)

elifi nemed (T) : a woollen initiatic girdle, worn by the Mewlewīs, so called because with its taper…


(86 words)

emānet (T) : the function or office of an Emīn. Elvira; the system of collection of Muḳāṭaʿa revenues directly by the emī…


(72 words)

emīn (T, < A Amīn) : an Ottoman administrative title usually translated intendant or commissioner. P…


(36 words)

emr (T, < A Amr) : a term denoting a general order issued in the name of the Ottoman sultan, as well…


(53 words)

enderūn (T) : inside. Under the Ottomans, ~ was used to designate the inside service (as opposed to Bīrū…


(31 words)

entārī (T) : a kind of caftan, worn in the Ottoman period under the real caftan and fur, descending …


(46 words)

enzel (Tun, < A inzāl) : in law, a perpetual lease system found not only on ‘habous’ (inalienable proper…