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(p.), conventionally Zenana, lit. “female, womanly”, whence the particular use of the term especially in Muslim India for the private quarters of the womenfolk in a house, the equivalent of Arabic ḥarīm [q.v.], ḥaram and Turkish ḥaramli̊ḳ . See Yule and Burnell, Hobson-Jobson , a glossary of Anglo-Indian words and phrases, 2 London 1903, 980; and ḥarīm .

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“Zanāna”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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