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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(12 words)

ḥanbal (A) : a rug made of coarse wool. Sūf


(21 words)

hanbala (A), or hunbuʿa : the swaying and limping gait of the hyena, as described in pre-Islamic poetry. Ḍabuʿ


(60 words)

ḥanīf (A, pl. ḥunafāʾ) : in Islamic writings, one who follows the original and true (monotheistic) reli…


(47 words)

ḥanīnī (A) : a headdress, borrowed (both name and object) by the ladies of France and Spain in the 14th-16th centuries ( h…


(15 words)

ḥāniṭ (A) : the child who has reached the age of reason. Ṣag̲h̲īr


(9 words)

ḥannāt (A) : a wheat merchant. Sūḳ


(14 words)

ḥans̲h̲al (A, s. ḥans̲h̲ūlī) : small parties of Bedouin on foot. G̲h̲aznawids


(33 words)

ḥanūṭ (A) : a perfume or scented unguent used for embalming ( ḥināṭa), consisting of sweet rush or some mixture ( d̲h̲arī…


(11 words)

ḥānūṭ (A, < Ar) : a tent. K̲h̲amīs Mus̲h̲ayṭ


(19 words)

ḥanẓal (A) : in botany, colocynth ( Citrullus colocynthis), also called ḳit̲h̲t̲h̲āʾ al-naʿām ‘the ostrich’s cuc…


(31 words)

ḥāra (A) : a quarter or ward of a town; in Morocco, used as a synonym of Mallāḥ, a special quarter f…


(25 words)

ḥarāba (A) : a one-day battle among tribal factions; if it lasted longer than one day, it was called a kawn. Ḳays ʿAylān


(73 words)

ḥaraka (A) : motion; in philosophy, ~ is used for the Aristotelian notion of motion. Ḥaraka wa-Sukūn In grammar, ~ is…


(58 words)

ḥaram (A) : among the Bedouin, a sacred area around a shrine; a place where a holy power manifests i…
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