Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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(a.), also Bawʿ, Būʿ, Plur. Abwāʿ, a linear measure = a fathom (Turkish ḳulad̲j̲).


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Author(s): Schaade, A.
, the second letter of the Arabic alphabet (apart from Ḵh̲alīl’s arrangement of it; cf. the article abd̲j̲ad), as a numeral = 2. Graphically it is known as al-Bāʾ al-muwaḥḥada. Phonetically Sībawaihī defined it sufficiently according to our ideas as a-voiced, bilabial, explosive sound (ed. Derenbourg ii. 453, x6, ,8, 454, 7), our b. al-Bāʾ is also the name of the Arabic preposition bi (to, in, on; through [instrumental!]). For further information see grammars and dictionaries. [Cf. besides the Artt. Arabia: script and dialects], (A. Schaade)


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Author(s): Sobernheim, M.
(Baʿlabekk; called “Heliopolis” by the Greeks) chief town of a district in the province of Damascus, seat of a Ḳāʾimmaḳām, situated in the Syrian plateau of Biḳāʿ, famous for the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter erected by the Emperor Antoninus (138—161) on a broad terrace, the courts and propylaea of which Caracalla added, as well as for its Temple of Bacchus. The etymology of the name Baalbek has not been explained, according to the Greek designation “Heliopolis” it was the site of the cult of a…


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Author(s): Hell, J.
(a.) door, gate. Unlike the open tent of the Bedouin the ancient Arab house formed a sort of stronghold which could only be entered by a door, Bāb. As is still often the case the door varied with the style of house and was small and concealed, heavy and barricaded, or high and open. The Bāb always concealed the view into the interior of a dwelling, nothing of the richness and beauty of which could be gathered from thé exterior. The Bāb thus became a symbol of approach and beginning of the means …


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Author(s): Huart, Cl.
, an Arabic word signifying ”gate”, early ¶ received among the Ṣūfis the meaning of “gate by which one enters, means of communication with that which is within”. Among the Ismaélis, this word is used symbolically for the S̲h̲aik̲h̲ or spiritual leader, who initiates into the mysteries of religion, the Asās (Guyard, Fragments, p. 106); among the Noṣairis, Salmān al-Fārisī, entrusted with the propaganda is the Bāb (R. Dussaud, Noṣairīs, p. 62. n. 4). The Druses call by this name the first spiritual minister, who embodies universal reason ( Mawlāya ʿaḳl “Monseigneur l’esprit”; cf. Sacy, Druz…


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Author(s): Huart, Cl.
, (Turkish) “father” is also used as a designation of any old man of the people, in East Turkish it also denotes “grandfather” (Vámbéry, Čagat. Sprachstudien, p. 240; Süleimān-Efendi, Lug̲h̲āti d̲j̲ag̲h̲atai, p. 66). This surname is best known from the story in the 1001 Nights of ʿAli Bābā and the Forty Thieves (French Translation by Galland), of which the Arabic original has recently been discovered (Duncan B. Macdonald in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, April 1910). Some holy men have borne the name, like Geikli Bābā and Dog̲h̲li Bābā who accompanied Sultān Or…

Bābā Beg

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Author(s): Barthold, W.
, an Uzbeg chief of the family of the Keneges, was till 1870 prince of S̲h̲ahrisabz and had taken part, in the summer of 1868, in the siege of the citadel of Samarḳand then held by the Russians. In the summer of 1870 S̲h̲ahrisabz was conquered by the Russians under General Abromow. Bābā Beg had to flee with a small body of those faithful to him, first to the upper valley of the Zarafs̲h̲ān then to Farg̲h̲āna where he was seized by order of Ḵh̲ān Ḵh̲udāyār and handed over to the Russians. An annu…

Bāb al-Abwāb

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, the “Iron Gate” at Derbend. [see the latter.]


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Author(s): Hell, J.
(a.) “Parrot”, a name of the Arab poet Abu ’l-Farad̲j̲ ʿAbd al-Wāḥid b. Naṣr of Nisibis, who lived at the court of the prince Saif al-Dawla and after his death in Mosul and Bag̲h̲dād and died in 398 (1007). Standing next to his famous contemporary Mutanabbī in poetic endowments, Babag̲h̲ā enjoyed the reputation of being one of the best intellects and poets of his time. He tried his skill on all kinds of poetry with the greatest success in panegyrics of princes, with less in the domain of love poetry. (J. Hell) Bibliography Ph. Wolff, Carminum Abulfaragii Babbaghae specimen (Lips., 1834) E. G. S…

Bābā Ṭāhir

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Author(s): Minorsky, V.
, a mystic and poet who wrote in a Persian dialect. According to Riḍā Ḳulī Ḵh̲ān (xixth century), who does not give his source, Bābā Ṭāhir lived in the period of Dailamī rule and died in 401 (1010). Among his quatrains there is an enigmatical one: “I am that sea ( baḥr) which entered into a vase; that point which entered into the letter. In each alf (“thousand”, i. e. of years?) arises an alif-ḳadd (a man upright in stature like the letter alif). I am the alif-ḳadd who has come in this alf”. Mahdī Ḵh̲ān in the J. A. S. Bengal has given an extremely curious interpretation of this quatrain: the letters alf-ḳ…


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Author(s): Huart, Cl.
, Chief of the Ḵh̲urrami-sect; the name is the arabicised form of the Iranian Pāpak. He was, it is said, the son of an itinerant oilmerchant, and was engaged in a very humble occupation when Ḏj̲āwīd̲h̲ān b. Sahl, chief of the Ḵh̲urramīs noticed his gifts. On the death of the latter he claimed that his spirit had entered him and began to stir up the population of the district of al-Bad̲h̲d̲h̲ in Arrān (201=816-817). In 204 (819-820) Yaḥyā b. Muʿād̲h̲ attacked him without success. Afterwards in th…


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Author(s): Huart, Cl.
, Zahīr al-Dīn Muḥammad, founder of the Great Mug̲h̲al dynasty in India, eldest son of ʿOmar S̲h̲aik̲h̲ Mīrzā, great grandson of Mīrān S̲h̲āh the son of Tīmūr, through his mother Ḳutlūḳ Nigār he was descended from Čagatai, the second son of Chingīz Ḵh̲ān. When only twelve years of age he succeeded his father in Farg̲h̲āna (5 Ramaḍān 899 = 10 June 494); he took Samarḳand (903 = 1497) but could not hold it for more than a hundred days; he then took up a firm position at Ḵh̲od̲j̲and from which he was …


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Author(s): Huart, Cl.
, the designation of the followers of the Bāb who however prefer to call themselves Ahl-i bayān. The preaching of the doctrine began with the sending of missionaries into various Persian provinces [see bāb]; their teaching, which aroused the protestations of the S̲h̲īʿa population brought about persecutions which the Bābīs resisted; in consequence the sect, at first of a purely religious character, became a political party. After a counsel held at Bedes̲h̲t, Mollā Ḥusain of Bus̲h̲rūye set out for Bārfurus̲h̲ at the head of a li…

Bāb-I ʿĀlī

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Author(s): Deny, J.
, the Sublime Forte. The Turkish wazīrs at one time had their offices in their private houses ( ḳonaḳ). Meḥemmed II built offices for them in 872 (1467—1468) which were called Pas̲h̲a Ḳapusu “Gate of the Pas̲h̲a”, later Bāb-i Āṣafī or Bāb-i ʿĀlī “Sublime Porte”. The Sublime Porte which became from 1654 a government office, was separated only by the street from the old palace of the Sulṭān ( top ḳapu serāyi). After the abolition of the viziers of the dome, the work of the grand vizierate assumed great importance. The grand vizier’s principal assistants were: the deputy ( Kehya Bey) and the chan…


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Author(s): Herzfeld, Ernst
, the ancient Babylon, situated on the Euphrates in 32° 41′ 30″ North and 44° 23′ 30″ East of Greenwich. The ancient Babylon had even in early times a much greater importance for Islām, as for us, than the town which still existed in the earlier Islāmic period. All that the Muslims know about Bābil, comes from three sources, Jewish Persian or Christian. It is not quite clear whether the information, which can be traced to the Bible, has come through the Jews or the Christians. Even Adam and Ḳābīl and Hābīl are placed in Bābil after the expulsion from Paradise and an equal antiqui…

Bāb al-Mandab

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, the strait, 17 miles broad, between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. According to Yāḳūt, Muʿd̲j̲am, iv. 650 ff., Mandab which means the place of calling, or of lament for the dead, is the name of a mountain on the Arabian coast. According to the legend mentioned by him, this mountain was originally joined to the outlying mountains opposite the African coast till a certain king caused it to be cut through. Mandab or Mandam is also however, the name of a harbour, the ’ΟκηλὶΣ ἐμπόριον of Ptolemy, which at the pre…


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Author(s): Becker, C. H.
(Bābalyūn), a town in Egypt. The name Babylon of the mediaeval Egyptian town in the neighbourhood of the modern Caïro is according to Casanova the Graëcised form of an ancient Egyptian Pi-Hapi-n-On through assimilation to the Asiatic βαβυλών which was familiar to the Greeks. This etymology is not quite free from objections but there is no doubt that some ancient Egyptian place-name underlies it. By the name is meant the ancient town and fortification of the Greeks which — situated on the borders…


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Author(s): Goldziher
(a.), appearance; in the dogmatic sense: the intervention of new circumstances which bring about the alteration of an earlier divine determination. (Dozy gives the term too wide a signification Essai sur l’Histoire de l’Islamisme, 223, translating it “mutabilité de Dieu”). Three sorts of Badāʾ are distinguished (S̲h̲āhrastānī, ed. Cureton, p. 110) according as the word refers to the knowledge, the will, or the command of God ( B. fi ’l-ʿilm, fi ’l-irāda, fi ’l-amr). The possibility of Badāʾ is, in opposition to the very divergent orthodox Sunni doctrine, always dealt…


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Author(s): Seybold, C. F.
, at the present day, the fortified capital of the province, the largest in Spain of the same name, the southern half of Spanish Estremadura, on the left shore of the Guadiana before its bend to the South on the Portuguese border (31,000 inhabitants). The identification of the town with and the derivation of the name from Pax (Julia) Augusta or Colonia Pacensis is without foundation and has arisen from an error of local patriotism as the latter certainly is Beja in Portugal (Arab. Bād̲j̲a = Bēd̲…


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Author(s): Barthold, W.
, frequently written Bad̲h̲ak̲h̲s̲h̲ān, in the spoken language also sometimes called Badak̲h̲s̲h̲ānāt, (with Arabic plural ending) a mountainous land on the upper course of the Amū-Daryā or more correctly of the Pand̲j̲, on the left bank of this stream which is the source of the great river; from it comes the adjective Badak̲h̲s̲h̲ānī or Badak̲h̲shī. J. Marquart ( Ērāns̲h̲ahr, p. 279) explains the name as “land of Bad̲h̲ak̲h̲sh or Balak̲h̲s̲h̲, a kind of ruby which is said to be found only in Bad̲h̲ak̲h̲s̲h̲ān at Kokča”. It is very probable however tha…


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Author(s): Schaade, A.
(a.), properly “interchange” as a grammatical term “permutative”. The Badal is one of the five kinds of apposition ( Tābiʿ). By it is understood in the first place a substantive which follows another substantive in the same case in asyndeton but not as an explanation of it like the ʿAṭf al-Bayān [see ʿaṭf] but independent. Thus for example in the phrase d̲j̲āʾanī ak̲h̲ūka Zaidun, Zaidun is a Badal of ak̲h̲ūka if the person addressed had only the one brother, on the other hand it is an ʿAṭf if several brothers might have to be considered (Ibn Yaʿīs̲h̲, ed. Jahn, ii. 392, 15). — The different kin…


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Author(s): Nicholson, R. A.
(a.), substitute. The terms abdāl (pl. of badal) and budalāʾ (pl. of badīl) are connected with a Ṣūfī doctrine, which goes back to the iiird century a. h., that the cosmic order is preserved by a fixed number of saints, so that whe n a holy man dies his place is immediately filled by a “substitute”. In Persian and Turkish the plural abdāl is often used as a singular. Some writers explain badal as “one who, when he departs from a place, has the power to leave his ‘double’ ( s̲h̲ak̲h̲ṣ rūḥānī) behind him”, or “one who has experienced a spiritual transformation”. There is great discrepan…


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[See Ḏj̲ism.]


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Author(s): Streck
, a town and district in ʿIrāḳ, east of the Tigris, near the outlying hills of the Zagros Range. The place still exists under the name of Badrē (somewhat above the 33° n. Br. and under 46° E. L. Greenw.). The Arab geographers usually mention Bādarāyā with Bākusāyā and give Bandanīd̲j̲in as the common capital of both districts. Among the articles exported they mention particularly the local highly prized dried reeds. Ḵh̲osraw I Anōs̲h̲arwān settled some of the inhabitants of Antāḳiya when it was destroyed by him (see above p. 359a) in this district. Bādarāyā is also often mentioned in…


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Author(s): Cotton, J. S.
, Budaun or Badāyūn, a town and district of India, in Rohilk̲h̲and, United Provinces. Area of the district: 1,987 sq. m.; population (1901): 1,025,753 of whom 16% are Muḥammadans, mostly Paṭhāns, S̲h̲aik̲h̲s, and Ḏj̲ulāhās. The town has a population (1901) of 39,031, including 21,995 Muḥammadans. It was of importance in early Muḥammadan history, as an outpost among turbulent Rād̲j̲pūt tribes. Two of its governors ¶ in the first half of the: 13th cent., S̲h̲ams al-Dīn Iltutmis̲h̲ and his son Rukn al-Dīn Fīiūz, became emperors of Delhi; and ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn, the last of …


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Author(s): Haig, T. W.
, ʿAbd al-Ḳādir, son of Mulūk S̲h̲āh, born at Basāwar in the sarkār of Sambhal in A. H. 947 or 949 (A. D. 1540-41 or 1542-43). After a studious life as a youth, one of his teachers being S̲h̲aik̲h̲ Mubārak, father of Faiḍī and Abu ’l-Faḍl, he entered the service of Ḥusain Ḵh̲ān Ṭukriya (“the Patcher”), but was transferred, as an imām. in April 1574 to the service of Akbar. Abu ’l-Faḍl entered the emperor’s service in the same year. The restraints of the court were irksome to Badāʾūnī and before 1579 be absented himself without leave. In that year he was restored to the service as a muns̲h̲ī or secreta…


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, Beduin. [Side arabia , p. 372—377.]


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[Side aḥmad al-badawī .]


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, a title of ‘the chief Yaʿkūb-Beg of Kās̲h̲g̲h̲ar [q. v.].


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Author(s): Barthold, W.
or Bād̲h̲g̲h̲īs, a district in the north-western part of the modern Afg̲h̲ānistān; the name is explained as being derived from the Persian bādk̲h̲īz (“a place where wind rises”) on account of the strong winds prevailing there. By the geographers of the iv. (x.) century only the district in the north-west of Herat between this town and Sarak̲h̲s is called Bādg̲h̲īs. Later the name was extended to the whole country between the Herīrūd and the Murg̲h̲āb; at any rate it is used in this sense as early as the vii. (xiii.) …


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(a.), “Discoverer”, “Creator”, one of the 99 names of God. — In the passive sense badīʿ means ‘discovered’ and is a technical term in Rhetoric for rhetorical figures, metaphors etc. Hence the ʿilm al-badīʿ (science of metaphors) forms a branch of Rhetoric. The first Arab writer on this subject is the poet Ibn al-Mnʿtazz [q. v.], Later poets delighted in using all sorts of figures of speech in one and the same poem. Such poems, called Badīʿīya were composed by Ṣafī al-Dīn al-Ḥillī [q. v.] and Ibn Ḥid̲j̲d̲j̲a [q. v.] amongst others. Cf. Ḥād̲j̲d̲j̲ī Ḵh̲alīfa s. v.; v. Mehren, Rhetorik der Araber, …

al-Badīʿ al-Asṭurlābī

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Author(s): Suter, H.
, Hibatallāh b. al-Ḥusain b. Aḥmad (also Yūsuf) Abu ’l-Ḳāsim, a distinguished Arab scholar, physician, philosopher, astroncmer and poet, but especially eminent in the knowledge and construction of the astrolabe and other astronomical instruments. The date of his birth is unknown; in the year 510 (1116-1117) we find him in Iṣfahān on friendly terms with the Christian physician Amīn al-Dawla b. al-Tilmīd̲h̲. Later he lived ŕn Bag̲h̲dād and is said to have made a considerable fortune by his profession under…


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(a.), “Equivalent”, “Substitute”. [See abdāl.]


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Author(s): Schmitz, M.
b. Ḥabbūs b. Māksin al-Ṣinhād̲j̲ī, called al-Muhẓaffar (the victorious”), a Berber Zīrid, cousin of Bādīs Abū Mennād [q. v.], King of Granada (429—465 = 1038—1073), a bloodthirsty tyrant and drunkard, obtained the sovereignty of Granada by the help of his clever Jewish vizier Samuel Ha-Nagīd (Samuel Ha-Lewi b. Joseph b. Nagdēla, arab. Ismāʿīl b. Nag̲h̲dīla) after the death of his father Ḥabbūs and the voluntary withdrawal of his younger brother Boluggīn ¶ who was preferred by a powerful party in the Kingdom. He at once sought to secure his position by murdering var…


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Author(s): Basset, René
, Abū Mannad Nāṣir al-Dawla, son and successor of al-Manṣūr, a prince of the Zīrid dynasty, succeeded his father on the 3. Rabīʿ I. 386 (26 March 996), as governor of Ifrīḳīya and Central Mag̲h̲rib. His accession was confirmed by his suzerain al-Ḥākim bi-amriʾllāh the Fāṭimid Caliph of Egypt. He continued the war against the Zanāta and after entrusting the government of Tāhert (Tagdemt) to his uncle Ittūweft he sent against Zīrī b. ʿAṭya, sovereign of Fās, his other uncle Ḥammād who was defeated at …


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Author(s): Lammens, H.
, country residence of the Omaiyads. The conquering Arabs, accustomed to the free life and open air of the desert, required some time to become used to the confinement of towns, frequently ravaged by epidemics; whence their saying “Health dwells in the desert”. Some of the Sāsānids even had their heirs brought up in the desert by the Lak̲h̲mids of Ḥīra who resided there periodically. This repugnance to the town explains also why the caliphs, especially Moʿāwiya I and ʿAbd al-Malik, usually lived…

Badīʿ al-Zamān

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“wonder of the age”, a title of honour given to the Arab writer al-Hamad̲h̲ānī [q. v.].


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(p.), a gift, tax, toll etc.


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Author(s): Streck
, in the Arab middle ages, a small strongly fortified town in Mesopotamia, south of Ḥarrān, some distance east of Balīk̲h̲ situated, on the road to Raʾs al-ʿAin, with famous gardens. It appears at the present day to be no longer in existence. The Aramaic name () denotes “house of fortune”; cf. perhaps, an ʿAin-gaddā = “source of fortune” in the Damascene and the Gadda of the Tabula Peutingeriana in Syria. See thereon Nöldeke in the Zeitschr. d. Deutsch. Morgenl. Gesellsch., xxix, 441. (Streck) Bibliography Yāḳūt, Muʿd̲j̲am (ed. Wüstenfeld), i. 453 Belād̲h̲orī (ed. de Goeje), p. 174, 72, whe…


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, al-Ḥasan b. ʿAlī b. Warsand, founder of a sect among the Berbers of Morocco, whose adherents are called Bad̲j̲alīya. Al-Bakrī states that he appeared there before Abū ʿAbd Allāh al-S̲h̲īʿī [q. v.] came to Ifrīḳīya (before 280 — 893). Al-Bad̲j̲alī came from Nafṭa (Nefta) and found many adherents among the Bana Lamās. His teaching agreed with that of the Rawāfiḍ but he asserted that the Imāmate belonged only to the descendants of al-Ḥasan. So al-Bakrī and Ibn Ḥazm state in opposition to Ibn Ḥawḳal (e…


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Author(s): Streck
, or Bād̲j̲armaḳ, name of a district east of the Tigris between the lower Zāb in the North and the Ḏj̲abal Ḥamrīn in the South whose chief town in the middle ages was Kerkūk (Syr. Karkhā de Bēth Slōk̲h̲). During the caliphate it formed a district of the province of Mosul (cf. Ibn Ḵh̲ordād̲h̲beh, 97, 7). Bād̲j̲armā is an Arabic rendering of the Aramaic Bēth (Be)-Garmai while Bād̲j̲armaḳ goes back to some Middle Persian form of the name of the ¶ district, like Garmakān. The latter word comes from the Gurumu, a nomadic people mentioned ia cuneiform inscriptions, the Γαραμαĩοι of Ptolemy. (Streck) Bi…


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Author(s): Cotton, J. S.
, a tract of hilly country on the N. W. frontier of India (estimated area: 5,000 sq. m.; estimated population 100,000). It is occupied by several Paṭhān or Afg̲h̲ān tribes, who recognise the nominal supremacy of the Ḵh̲ān of Nawagai. (J. S. Cotton) Bibliography Imperial Gazetteer of India.


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Author(s): Hell, J.
, an Arabian tribe of Bedouins, which occupied the central part of the Sarāt mountains — at Ṭāʾif — stretching northwards from South Arabia after they had displaced the tribe originally dwelling there, the Banū T̲h̲āʾir. The tribe was gradually broken up through feuds with the neighbouring tribes and the quarrels of the individual clans with one another and even in pre-Muḥammadan times had been for the most part merged in other Arab tribes. A part however survived under the old name and was celebrated in the Umaiyad period by the poet Farazdaḳ. (J. Hell) Bibliography F. Wüstenfeld, Register …


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or Bagimzā, a village northeast of Bag̲h̲dād, 2 farsak̲h̲ from Baʿḳūbā, where the caliph al-Muḳtafī bi amr Allāh put to flight the troops of the Seld̲j̲ūḳ Sulṭān Muḥammad II under Alp Ḳus̲h̲ Kun-i Ḵh̲ar in 549 (1154). Bibliography Yāḳūt, Muʿd̲j̲am, i. 497, 706 Ibn al-At̲h̲īr (ed. Tornberg), xi. 129 Recueil de textes relat. à l’hist. des Seldjouc, ii. 237 et seq.


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Author(s): Streck
, a township in ʿIrāḳ (Babylonia) according to Yāḳūt east (to be more accurate north-east) of Bag̲h̲dād, 6 parasangs = about 21 miles distant from Ḥulwān. According to Ibn Ḵh̲ordād̲h̲beh and Ibn Serapions’s more exact description it was situated on the bank of the great Ḳāṭūl-Nahrawān canal which was led from the Tigris and in the central section of it, the so-called Nahr Tāmarrā, probably very near where a cross-canal called al-Ḵh̲āliṣ left the Tāmarrā to join the Tigris at Baradān [q.v.] above…


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The Bād̲j̲ūrān live on the Perso-Turkish frontier (Wilāyet Moṣul) in the villages of ʿOmar Ḳān, Toprāk̲h̲ Ziyāret, Tell Yaʿḳūb, Bas̲h̲pītā amongst others. According to P. Anastase, they speak a mixed dialect and have peculiar religious observances and customs like the S̲h̲abak and the Ṣārlīya [q. v.]. Bibliography P. Anastase in Mas̲h̲riḳ, v. 580.


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Author(s): Juynboll, Th. W.
(or Baid̲j̲ūrī, Ibrāhīm ibn Muḥammad), born in the year 1198 (1783) in Bād̲j̲ūr, a village 12 hours journey from Cairo, devoted himself after 1212 (1797) to study at the Azharmosque. After retiring to al-Ḏj̲īze during the French occupation he resumed his studies in Cairo in 1216 (1801). Soon afterwards he began to give lectures in the Azhar and the fame of his learning became so great that hundreds of students used to attend his lectures. He “was undoubtedly the most learned of all the teachers then in the Azhar” says one of his pupils (the S̲h̲ēk̲h̲ al-Ṭanṭāwī in his autobiography: Zeitschr. …


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Author(s): Hosain, M. Hidayet
(Pīr). Besides Ḵh̲wād̲j̲ā Ḵh̲iḍr, Bengal believes in a greater animistic power in the person of Pīr Badr who shares with the former the dominion of the waters. His spirit is invoked by every sailor and fisherman, when starting on a cruise or while overtaken by a squall or a storm. All Muḥammadans agree that he resided for some time at Čittagong, but his history does not disclose the reason why the attributes of a watergod were conferred on him. The guardians of his shrine, however, say that abou…


(785 words)

Author(s): Buhl, Fr.
, also called Badr Ḥunain, a small town southwest of Medīna, a short night’s journey distant from the coast situated at the union of the rood from Medīna and the caravan route from Syria to Mecca. The houses were, when Burckhardt visited it, built partly of clay and partly of stone and surrounded by a wretched mud wall. The inhabitants were, for the most part, Beduins of whom many however had only their booths in the town while they spent the night in their tents on the hills. In the time of Muḥamma…


(47 words)

(a.), Full moon. As the full moon is the very essence of beauty among Orientals, beautiful young slaves are often called Badr, and Badr is thus a common name not however limited to slaves. The word is frequently combined with Dawla or Dīn, see below.


(193 words)

b. Ḥasanwaih Abū Nad̲j̲m Nāṣir al-Dīn, a Kurdish chief, who was recognised after the death of his father in 369 (679-980) by the Būyid ʿAḍud al-Dawla as ruler of Kurdistān. After the latter’s death in 372 (983) Badr inclined towards Fak̲h̲r-al-Dawla and thereby came into conflict with S̲h̲araf al-Dawla the son of ʿAḍud al-Dawla. In the struggle he was victorious over the troops sent against him under Ḳarategīn in 377 (987) and brought the province of al-Ḏj̲ibāl under his sway. He thereby became one o…

Badr al-Dawla

(165 words)

, Sulaimān b. ʿAbd al-Ḏj̲abbār the Urtuḳid governed the town of Ḥalab for his uncle Ilg̲h̲āzī and remained master of it after the latter’s death in 516 (1122) but had to retire soon after, when in the following year he ceded Ḥisn al-At̲h̲ārib to the Crusaders and his valiant nephew Balak b. Bahrām advanced against Ḥaleb in consequence. When in course of time Zangī became lord of Ḥaleb his governor Ḳutlug̲h̲ Abā made himself so hated by the inhabitants that they again called on Sulaimān in 522 (1126)…

Badr al-Dīn

(11 words)

, a title of honour of Luʾluʾ [q.v.].

Badr al-Ḏj̲amālī

(777 words)

Author(s): Becker, C. H.
, a Fāṭimid commander-in-chief and vizier. The once so brilliant Fāṭimid kingdom was on the verge of its downfall under the incapable Caliph Mustanṣir (427— 487 = 1036—1094). The Seld̲j̲uḳs were pressing forward into Syria, in Egypt the Turkish slave-guards were fighting with the negro-corps, a seven years’ famine was exhausting the resources of the country, all state authority had disappeared in the general struggle, hunger and disease carried off the people, license and violence destroyed all …


(147 words)

Author(s): Streck
, a district southwest of Bag̲h̲dād, the land south of the Nahr Ṣarāt, a branch of the Euphrates canal Nahr ʿĪsā [q. v.]. The Ṣarāt separates it from the Ḳaṭrabbul district; the southern part of the western half of Bag̲h̲dād (the so-called town of al-Manṣūr) as well as the suburb of Kark̲h̲ were situated within the bounds of the district of Bādūrayā; the latter formed, like the district of Ḳaṭrabbul, a subdivision of the circle of Astān al-ʿĀlī. (Streck) Bibliography Bibl. Geogr. Arab. (ed. de Goeje), iii. 119, 120 vi. 7, 9, 235, 237 Belād̲h̲orī (éd. de Goeje), p. 250, 254, 265 Yāḳūt, Muʿd̲j̲am (…


(17 words)

(Pād̲h̲ōspān), founder of a dynasty in Ruyān, Rostemdār, Nūr and Kud̲j̲ūr, cf. the art. dābūya.


(665 words)

Author(s): Becker, C. H.
, Arab tribes in the Eastern-Sūdān. By the Baggāra (i. e. Baḳḳāra, cattleherds) are meant the cattle-rearing Arab or Arabicised nomad or semi-nomad tribes of the Eastern Sūdān, who have received their name in contradistinction to the Abbāla i. e. the camel-breeding Arab tribes of these lands. The distinction is not absolute for the Baḳḳāra also have camels to a certain extent. The keeping of cattle seems to begin south of the sub-tropical border. Various Baḳḳāra tribes, e. g. the Rizēḳāt, have northern rel…


(99 words)

Author(s): Huart, Cl.
(p.), “garden”. Bāg̲h̲-i zāg̲h̲ān, “crowgarden” is a district in Herat; we know a bāg̲h̲-i lālezār (“Tulipgarden”) at Teheran and at S̲h̲īrāz the gardens bāg̲h̲-i naw, bāg̲h̲-i s̲h̲aik̲h̲, bāg̲h̲-i tak̲h̲t. A garden divided into four by two alleys crossing one another is called čahār-bāg̲h̲. Bāg̲h̲-i siyāwes̲h̲ān, bāg̲h̲-i s̲h̲īrīn, bāg̲h̲-i shahryār, bāg̲h̲-i ardas̲h̲īr are musical melodies. In Turkish the word has taken the meaning of vineyard. (Cl. Huart) Bibliography A. de Biberstein Kazimirski, Menoutchehri, Paris, 1887, p. 291, p. 309, n. 3 p. 350, n. 4 et 5 Edw. G. Browne, A …


(461 words)

Author(s): Brockelmann, C.
, Abū Muḥammad al-Ḥusain b. Masʿūd b. Muḥammad al-Farrāʾ, Arab author, S̲h̲āfīʿite Faḳīh, an authority on tradition and interpreter ¶ of the Korʾān, also called Muḥyi ’l-Sunna and Rukn al-Dīn, a native of Bag̲h̲ or Bag̲h̲s̲h̲ūr in Ḵh̲orāsān (Yāḳūt, i. 695). In Marw al-Rūd̲h̲ he studied with the Ḳāḍī Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusain b. Muḥammad b. Aḥmad al-Marwarrūd̲h̲ī and did not leave this his second home again and died there over, eighty years of age, in the month of S̲h̲awwāl 516 = Dec. 1122, according to others in S̲h̲awwāl 516 = Febr. 1117. Besides a collection of Fatwās, which has not been preser…

Bāg̲h̲če Sarāi

(1,102 words)

Author(s): Barthold, W.
(Turkish “Garden palace”) Russian Bachčisirai, a Tatar town on the Crimean peninsula in the district of Taurus 20 miles from Simferopol, the capital of the district and about the same distance from the sea shore. The town lies in the narrow valley of the Čirik-Ṣu, according to Pallas “Dschuruk Su” = stinking water; the ravine of Salačik runs in an easterly direction to the mountain fortress now called Čufut-Ḳalʿa (“the fort of the Jews”), the oldest settlement in the neighbourhood of Bāg̲h̲če Sarāi. This was the ¶ chief settlement of the Jews (Karaeans) in the Crimea during the T…


(7,607 words)

Author(s): Streck, M.
, the name of the largest town in the modern ʿIrāḳ (Babylonia); once the brilliant residence of the ʿAbbāsids and the metropolis of the Muḥammadan world and now the chief town of a wilāyet of the same name (formerly a pas̲h̲alik); situated on both banks of the Tigris in 39° 19 N. Lat. and 44° 44 E. L. a. History. The name Bag̲h̲dād, usually now pronounced Bug̲h̲dād, is undoubtedly Iranian and means “given ¶ by God, the gift of God”. In the middle ages a number of variations of this name were in use of which the most frequent was Bag̲h̲dān; cf. M. Streck, Babylonien, i. 49 and de Goeje, Journ. Asiat., Ser…


(152 words)

, Abū Manṣūr ʿAbd al-Ḳāhir b. Ṭāhir, Muḥammadan theologian, came with his father to Nīsāpur and studied various sciences there. Later in life he made himself famous by his skill in arithmetic, on which he wrote a work, but it was theological studies that attracted him most; Abū Isḥāk al-Isfarāʾinī was his teacher in these subjects. After the latter’s death in 418 (1027) he succeeded him until the revolt of the Turkomans forced him to leave the town in 429 (1037). He then betook himself to Isfarāʾin where he died soon after. A work composed by him on the Muḥammadan sects entitled


(13 words)

, ʿAbd al-Ḳādir b. ʿOmar. [See ʿabd al-ḳādir , p. 45.]


(22 words)

, a Persian dirhem [q. v.]. Cf. on the origin of this denomination Vullers, Lex. Pers. Lat., i. 251a, 840b.


(292 words)

Author(s): Hartmann, R.
, the ancient Pagrae, was an important station on the road from Iskandarūna to Anṭākiya at the south-east end of the Bailān pass the exit from which it commands. Even in the wars of the ʿAbbāsids against the Byzantine Emperors Bag̲h̲rās played a part, sometimes a possession of the Emperors and sometimes of the Caliphs. It was included in the Ḏj̲und al-ʿAwāṣim [q. v.] which was separated from the province of Ḳinnasrin by Hārūn and protected the road to the T̲h̲ug̲h̲ūr. It became still more import…


(2,076 words)

Author(s): Yver, G.
(Baḳīrmī or Bakīrmī), a country in the Central Sudan, to the south of Lake Chad. Bagirmi was for a long time unknown to Europeans. Denham visited the northern part in 1824, being the first European to do so. Barth, setting out from Bornū, reached Massenya and gathered important historical information on his journey (5 March—22 August 1852). Nachtigal, in 1872, ascended the S̲h̲āri as far as Baing̲h̲anné, but could not penetrate into the interior on account of the troubled state of the country. To …

Bahāʾ Allāh

(432 words)

Author(s): Huart, Cl.
(“splendour of God”), surname of Mīrzā Ḥusain ʿAlī Nūrī, born at Nūr in Māzāndarān on the 12th November 1817, half-brother ¶ of Mīrzā Yaḥyā surnamed Ṣubḥ-i Azal, was almost thirty years of age when he became a convert to the new doctrine preached by the Bāb [see Bābī]. Without having ever seen him he became one of the Bāb’s chief disciples and was recognised as his successor by the greater part of the Bābīs. After the attempt on the life of the S̲h̲āh he was imprisoned in Teherān: he was then exiled and settled in …

Bahāʾ al-Dawla

(710 words)

Author(s): Zetterstéen, K. V.
, Abū Naṣr Fīrūz, a Būyid. After the death of ʿAḍud al-Dawla in S̲h̲awwāl 372 (March 983) his son Ṣamṣām al-Dawla was appointed Amīr al-Umarāʾ. The latter’s brother S̲h̲araf al-Dawla, however, refused to recognise him and a war broke out in which the third brother, the fifteen-year old Bahāʾ al-Dawla, was also embroiled. In the end Ṣamṣām al-Dawla had to submit and was thrown into prison in Ramaḍān 376 (January 987). The Cal…

Bahāʾ al-Dīn Zakarīyā

(148 words)

Author(s): Arnold, T. W.
, commonly known as Bahāʾ al-Ḥaḳḳ, a saint of the Suhrawardī order, was born near Multān in 565 (1169—1170); he was one of the greatest pupils of S̲h̲aik̲h̲ S̲h̲ihāb al-Dīn Suhrawardī [q. v.] in Bag̲h̲dād and became his k̲h̲alīfa (or spiritual successor). He settled in Multān, where he is said to have built his own tomb and died at the age of 100. He has a great reputation in the South-West Pand̲j̲āb and in Sind, and is invoked as their patron saint by the boatmen on the rivers Indus and Čināb. His imposing tomb, surmounted by a hem…


(168 words)

Author(s): Huart, Cl.
, a Turkish word of Mongol origin ( bak̲h̲atur, Eastern Turkish bātūr, bātōr) signified originally “brave”, “courageous” and became a title of honour at the court of the Great Mug̲h̲als (cf. bātūr-bāshi, a title in Turkestan: Sulaimān-Efendi, Lug̲h̲āti d̲j̲ag̲h̲atāi, p. 66). The word is met with as early as 927 of our era in the name of the Bulgarian chief Alobogotur, which is explained as Alp bagatūr, “the brave hero” (J. Marquart, Osteur. u. ostasiat. Streifzüge

Bahādur S̲h̲āh

(85 words)

, (1595—1600), tenth king of the Niẓām S̲h̲āhī (q. v.) dynasty of Aḥmadnagar. In 1595 Sulṭān Murād, son of the Emperor Akbar besieged Aḥmadnagar, but raked the siege on receiving the formal cession of Berār; but on a second attempt being made in 1600, the king was taken prisoner and sent as a captive to the fortress of Gwalior.…

Bahādur S̲h̲āh Gud̲j̲arātī

(454 words)

Author(s): Beveridge, H.
, second son of Muẓaffar S̲h̲āh II. Having had a disagreement with his father he went to the court of Ibrāhīm Sulṭān the last king of the Lōdī dynasty. He was present at the battle of Pānīpat, but did not take ¶ part in it. On hearing of the death of his father and of the succession of his elder brother Sikandar S̲h̲āh, he proceeded towards Gud̲j̲arāt, and on the way heard of his brother’s assassination. He became king of Gud̲j̲arāt in August 1526 and avenged his brother in a cruel manner so that he is described by Bābur (ed. Erskine, …

Bahādur S̲h̲āh I

(716 words)

Author(s): Irvine, Willam
(1643—1712) Muḥammad Muʿahẓhẓam was the second son of the Emperor Awrangzēb ʿĀlamgīr by Raḥmat al-Nisāʾ Nawāb-Bāʾī, the daughter of Rād̲j̲ā Rād̲j̲ū of Rad̲j̲auri in Kas̲h̲mīr. He was born at Burhānpur in the Dakhin on the 30 Rad̲j̲ab 1053 (14 Oct. 1643). From S̲h̲aʿbān 1086 (Oct. 1675) he was generally known by the title of S̲h̲āh ʿĀlam, then conferred upon him. In 1657 when his father left the Dakhin to contest the throne with Dārā S̲h̲ukōh, Muḥammad Muʿaẓẓam was left in charge at Awrangābād. He served twice as governor of the Dakhin (1663, 1667), and w…

Bahādur S̲h̲āh II

(284 words)

Author(s): Beveridge, H.
, the last king of the Mug̲h̲al (Mog̲h̲ul) dynasty. He was the lineal descendant of Tīmūr, as may be seen from the genealogical table in Blochmann’s translation of the Āʾīn-i Akbar. But there had been no king of Delhi who was possessed of real power since the death of Muḥammad S̲h̲āh in 1748. Bahādur S̲h̲āh’s full name was Abu ’l-Muẓaffar Sirād̲j̲ al-Dīn Muḥammad Bahādur S̲h̲āh, and he was the second son of Akbar S̲h̲āh II. He was born in October 1775 and succeeded to the title of King in September 1837. Bahādur S̲h̲āh, who was then over seventy years of age, joined the Mutineers in 1…

Bahāʾ al-Ḥaḳḳ

(9 words)

(Bahāwal Ḥaḳḳ), see bahāʾ al-dīn zakarīyā.


(7 words)

[See al-ʿāmilī , p. 327.]


(98 words)

, Arabic, more accurately Buhār, a word supposed to be of Indian origin meaning “load” which had spread through all the lands of Islām from the Indian Archipelago to Africa as a dry-measure and weight. As a measure it is equal to 2

Bahār-I Dānis̲h̲

(130 words)

Author(s): Huart, Cl.
, a Persian collection of tales and fables by S̲h̲aik̲h̲ ʿInāyat Allāh Ḳanbū, written in 1061 (1651) based on the Indian stories of a young Brahman and supplied with an introduction by the young brother of the author Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ Ḳanbū. The love-story of Ḏj̲ahāndār-Sulṭān and Bharawar-Bānū forms the greater part of the work. It was …


(118 words)

Author(s): Huart, Cl.
, a Persian work by Nūr al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Ḏj̲āmī in poetry and prose modelled on Saʿdi’s Gulistān, which also bears the title of Rawḍat al-ak̲h̲yār u tuḥfat al-abrār; it was composed in 892 (1487). It is divided into eight chapters called


(211 words)

Author(s): Cotton, J. S.
, a native state of India, within the Province of the Pand̲j̲āb (area: 15,918 sq. m.; population (1901): 720,877; revenue: Rs. 27,00,000). It stretches for about 300 m. along the l. bank of the Sutled̲j̲ Pand̲j̲nad and Indus, extending into the desert a mean distance of about 40 m. The chief crops are wheat, rice, and millets, which are entirely dependent on irrigation from the boundary rivers. Of the population, 83% are Muḥammadans, chiefly Ḏj̲ats, Rād̲j̲pūts, and Balōčs. The ruling family of D…


(288 words)

Author(s): Lammens, H.
b. Unaif e. Wald̲j̲a b. Ḳunāfa, belonged to the clan of the Banū Ḥārit̲h̲a b. Ḏj̲anāb, which was also called al-Bait or the aristocracy of Kalb. A Christian like the great majority of his tribe, his chief claim …


(166 words)

Author(s): Hell, J.
The members of the Be du in tribe of Maʿn in North Arabia were usually called Banū Bāhila after Bāhila, the daughter of Ṣaʿb who had married her stepson Maʿn. Their grazing-grounds in ancient times lay in southern Yemāma and are known to have been there as late as the fourth and fifth centuries. In later times we find them in the neighbourhood of Baṣra in possession of the well al-Ḥufair four miles from Baṣra, which is of importance to the caravans of pilgrims. The reputation of the tribe was a very bad one and the name Bāhili (Bahilite) was a term of reproach. (J. Hell) Bibliography F. Wüstenfeld, Reg…


(157 words)

Author(s): Hell, J.
, Abū Naṣr Aḥmad b. Ḥātim al-Bāhilī, Arab philogist and author, a pupil of Asmaʿī Abū ʿUbaida and Abū Zaid, belonging to the school of Baṣra, lived first in Bag̲h̲dād, then in Iṣfahān and finally settled in Bag̲h̲dād again where he died in 231 (855). As a rule he followed in his works the footsteps of his predecessors and like them wrote a book on trees and plants, camels, cereals and palm-trees, horses, birds and locusts, of which latter he was the first to treat. In his works on proverbs, on proper …


(135 words)

, al-Ḥusain b. al-Ḍaḥḥāk al-As̲h̲ḳar, a client ( Mawlā) of Bāhila, an Arab poet often called al-Ḥusain al-Ḵh̲alīʿ (the libertine) on account of his dissolute habits. According to al-Ḵh̲aṭīb al-Bag̲h̲dādī, al-Bāhilī, who came from Ḵh̲orāsān, was born in the year 162 (778-779). He afterwards went to Bag̲h̲dād and became one of the most confidential friends of the frivolous Caliph al-Amīn. When the latter perished soon ¶ afterwards, al-Bāhilī, composed an elegy on the tragic event; he remained at the court of his successor however and was held in great esteem ti…


(846 words)

Author(s): Wensinck, A. J.
, the name of a Christian monk. It is related that in his twelfth year Muḥammad was taken by his uncle Abū Ṭālib on a caravan journey to Syria. When the travellers were near or in Boṣrā, a monk who lived there in his cell noticed that one of them was accompanied by a cloud and that the branches of the tree, under which he sat, sprouted to give him shade. The monk whose name was Baḥīrā thereupon invited the whole company to eat with him. They went, but left Muḥammad behind to guard the caravan. B…


(312 words)

Author(s): Wensinck, A. J.
, a she-camel or a sheep with slit ears. The Ḳorʾān and the ancient poetry (cf. Ibn His̲h̲ām, 58) show that the ancient Arabs used to carry out certain religious ceremonies with respect to their cattle, which consisted firstly in letting the animal go about loose without making any use of it whatever, and secondly in limiting to males permission to eat its flesh (after it had died). In the various cases the animals bore special names ( Baḥīra, Sāʾiba Waṣīla, Ḥāmī; on these names cf. Wellhausen as cited below). The lexicographers are not quite agreed on the point in which cas…


(45 words)

Author(s): Huart, Cl.
(Avestan vahis̲h̲tō), the name of Paradise among Persian Muslims. Even in the Avesta the expression aṅhu vahis̲h̲ta “the best world” for the abode of the chosen in the future life is found. (William Jackson in Grundriss der iran. Phil., ii, 685). (Cl. Huart)

Bahlōl Lōdī

(162 words)

, founder of the Lōdī Dynasty in Dihli, (reigned A. H. 855—894, = A. D. 1451—1488); he came of an A…


(46 words)

, Behman, Avest. Vohu Manah, phl. Vohūman, one of the Ames̲h̲a Spentas of the ancient Persians, according to Plutarch = εὔνοια; it is also a frequent Persian proper name. In Persian chronology, Bahman denotes the eleventh month and the second day of each month.…

Bahmanī Dynasty

(449 words)

, a line of Maḥammadan kings, eighteen in number, who ruled in the Dakhin from 748 (1347) to 932 (1525); in the period of its greatest power, this kingdom extended from Berār in the north to the borders of Vid̲j̲ayanagar in the south, and from seq to seq on the east and west. This dynasty was founded by Ḥasan Gāngū (or Kānkū) [q. v.], a military officer in the service of Muḥammad ibn Tag̲h̲laḳ, Sulṭān of Dehli (725—752 = 1324—1351); he took advantage of the troubles of his master, to found an in…


(61 words)

b. al-Marzbān, a philosopher of the school of Avicenna who wrote in Arabic, flourished about the year 430 (1038). Cf. S. Poper, Behmenjār ben el-Marzuban, der persische Aristoteliker aus Avicenna’s Schule. Zwei metaphysische Abhandlungen von ihm Arabisch und Deutsch mit Anmerkungen, Leipzig, 1851. Bibliography Brockelmann, Geschichte der arab. Litter. i, 458 de Boer, Geschichte der Philosophie im Islām, p. 131.


(469 words)

Author(s): Becker, C. H.
, a town in Egypt. Now an unimportant village of 150 (with two dependent villages 300) inhabitants in the district of Benī Mazār, in the Province of Minya, al-Bahnasā (the Egyptian Permezet, Coptic Pemd̲j̲e and the Greek Πέμπτη or ’ΟξύρυνχοΣ) was in antiquity a famous town and even in the early Muḥammadan period it was one of the most important towns in Central Egypt. It lies somewhat north of 28° 30’ n. between the Baḥr Yūsuf and the edge of the Lybian desert and at the present day is almost buried in sand. As one of the chief towns of Christian Egypt—it is said to have once had 360 churches ¶ and was …


(37 words)

(a.), Sea. The word is also used of large rivers e. g. Baḥr al-Abyaḍ, the White Nile, Baḥr al-Azraḳ, the Blue Nile, Baḥr al-G̲h̲azāl (see below).—In prosody Baḥr denotes a metre, see above p. 464.


(140 words)

, an Arabian tribe. Genealogical table: Bahrāʾ b. ʿAmr b. al-Ḥāfī b. Ḳoḍāʿa. The tribe had its settlement in the plain of Ḥimṣ (Hamdānī, p. 132); Suwa and Muṣaiyak̲h̲ Bahrāʾ, mentioned in the Syrian campaign of the years 13 (635) were among its watering-places. Cf. Ṭabarī (éd. de Goeje), i. 2114, 2122, 2124; Belād̲h̲orī(ed. de Goeje), no; Yāḳūt, Muʿd̲j̲am, iii. 172; iv. 557; de Goeje, Mémoire sur la conquête de la Syrie 2, 39—43. Ibn Ḵh̲allikān (éd. Wüstenfeld, n°. 46) asserts that the Bahrā, like their neighbours, the Tanūk̲h̲ and the Tag̲h̲lib, professed Christianit…

al-Baḥr al-Abyaḍ

(16 words)

, “the White Sea”, an Arab name of the Mediterranean. [See baḥr al-mag̲h̲rib.]
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