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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aʿaban

(13 words)

aʿaban (Mor) : a large outer wrap for Berber men. Libās

āb

(41 words)

āb (P) : water; and Ābdār-Bās̲h̲ī; Ābs̲h̲ār āb-anbar Miṣnaʿa āb-i gus̲h̲t (P) : a ste…

ʿabāʾ

(20 words)

ʿabāʾ (A), or ʿ abāʾa : a coat, shoulder mantle, worn by both sexes in the Arab East. Libās

aba

(7 words)

aba : roughly-spun cloth. Tatar

abʿādiyya

(38 words)

abʿādiyya (A, pl. abāʿid), or ibʿādiyya : uncultivated or uncultivable land in Egypt under Muḥammad ʿAlī;…

abanūs

(14 words)

abanūs (A, P, T, < Gk) : ebony wood. Abān b. ʿUt̲h̲mān

ʿabāya

(18 words)

ʿabāya (Alg) : a sleeveless, long overblouse for men; a sleeveless, flowing dress for women. Libās

abayān

(19 words)

abayān (A) : in zoology, the prawn and the shrimp. al-Sarāt, where many more synonyms are given

ʿabbas

(40 words)

ʿabbas (Alg) : a verb signifying in Algeria ‘to go among the peasants to…

ʿabbāsī

(77 words)

ʿabbāsī (P) : in numismatics, a Ṣafawid coin introduced by Shāh ʿAbbās I, the value of which…

ʿabd

(116 words)

ʿabd (A, pl. ʿabīd) : a slave, in particular a male slave, a female slave being termed ama (pl. imāʾ). al-Abbāsiyya …

abdāl

(95 words)

abdāl (A, s. badal) : in mysticism, the highest rank in the ṣūfī hierarchical order of saints (syn. …
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