Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Glossary and Index of Terms

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Subject: Middle East and Islamic Studies

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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wabāʾ

(62 words)

wabāʾ (A, P wabā) : in medicine, an epidemic, pestilence, and theoretically distinguished from ṭāʿūn in the more s…

wabāl

(9 words)

wabāl (A) : in astrology, ‘detriment’. ʿUṭārid

wabar

(29 words)

wabar (A) : camel’s hair. Sūf ahl al-wabar ‘the people of the camel skin’, a designation for nomads, as opposed to ahl al…

waʿd

(75 words)

waʿd (A) : in eschatology, part of the dogma of al-waʿd wa ’l-waʿīd, promises and threats in the life beyond, on…

waʾd

(39 words)

waʾd (A) : infanticide, in pre-Islamic times generally of newborn daughters, who were buried alive ( waʾd al-banāt), …

waʿda

(9 words)

waʿda (A) : a communal meal. al-Sanūsī

wadaʿ

(71 words)

wadaʿ (A, s. wadaʿa), or wadʿ : cowrie shells, Cypraea moneta or Cypraea annulus, used in India and widely in Wes…

wadaad

(48 words)

wadaad (Somali) : in Somali society, a man of religion, who also mediates in disputes between lineag…

wad̲h̲ārī

(36 words)

wad̲h̲ārī : an expensive cloth of cotton woven on cotton made in the Transoxianan village of Wad̲h̲ā…

wādī

(55 words)

wādī (A, pl. widyān, awdiya) : a watercourse filled only at certain times of the year; stream channel. Ḏ…

wadīʿa

(78 words)

wadīʿa (A, pl. wadāʾiʿ) : in law, the legal contract that regulates depositing an object with another p…

waḍīʿa

(34 words)

waḍīʿa (P, < A) : in taxation matters, a tax schedule (syn. ṭisḳ) drawn up to meet the variety of physical condi…

wad̲j̲d

(32 words)

wad̲j̲d (A) : in mysticism, a technical term meaning ‘ecstasy, rapture’, feelings which dissociated …

wad̲j̲h

(21 words)

wad̲j̲h (A, pl. wud̲j̲ūh) : face; variant. Abū Tammām; in music, the belly of the ʿŪd. ʿŪd; and ʿIrḍ

wād̲j̲ib

(79 words)

wād̲j̲ib (A) : in theology, a synonym of Farḍ ‘a religious duty or obligation’, the omission of whic…

waḍʿ al-lug̲h̲a

(63 words)

waḍʿ al-lug̲h̲a (A) : lit. the establishment of language; in linguistics and legal theory, a view of…
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