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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(44 words)

kaldāniyyūn (A) : the ‘Chaldaeans’, one of seven ancient nations according to al-Masʿūdī, and consis…


(24 words)

ḳāld̲j̲iyān (T) : in Ottoman times, the worker in the mint who prepared the standard ingots by melti…


(28 words)

ḳalemiyye (T) : in the Ottoman empire, one division of the ruling elite, the men of the pen, later referred to as mülkiyye…


(29 words)

ḳalg̲h̲ay : a title best known as indicating the deputy or heir apparent of the K̲h̲āns of the Crime…


(79 words)

ḳalʿī (A), or ḳalaʿī : in metallurgy, tin; the Arabic name, either after Kalah, a well known port on th…


(42 words)

ḳālī (T) : a type of carpet (variants g̲h̲ālī, k̲h̲ālī) manufactured at Ḳālīḳalā (now Erzerum). Although ~ is…


(28 words)

ḳalīb (A) : in early Islam, the common ditch, into which e.g. ʿUtba b. Rabīʿa was thrown when mortal…


(77 words)

kalima (A, pl. kalimāt) : the spoken word, utterance; ~ can also be extended to mean ‘discourse’ and ‘p…


(24 words)

ḳāliṣ (A) : in botany, the name of a plant, which seemed to represent a human head with a high cap. Ḳalansuwa


(5 words)

ḳalḳala Ṣifāt Al-Ḥurūf


(12 words)

ḳallāb (A) : in numismatics, a counterfeiter of coins. Tazwīr


(25 words)

kallābazī : the master of the hawking-pack, assisting the falconer or hawker, who sets his greyhound…


(58 words)

ḳallāvī (T), ḳalewī, or kal[l]ewī : a headdress reserved for dignitaries with the rank of pasha which, f…


(29 words)

ḳalpaḳ (T) : busby, a kind of bonnet of lamb’s fleece or woollen cloth decorated with lamb’s fleece,…


(16 words)

ḳalūḳ (A) : in the terminology of horse-riding, a horse of uncertain temper. Furūsiyya


(15 words)

ḳalyān Nard̲j̲īla ḳalyandār a water pipe carrier, employed by people of rank. Tutun


(48 words)

kalym : the purchase of the fiancée, a custom among the Čerkes tribes of the Caucasus which could on…
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