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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(21 words)

kaff (A) : in a religio-political context, the quiescent attitude of some Ḵh̲ārid̲j̲ite groups in ea…


(204 words)

kaff (A) : palm, paw; in divination, ʿilm al-~ is a process which belongs to the realm of physiognomy, desig…


(8 words)

ḳaffāl (A) : a locksmith. Sūḳ


(23 words)

kaffāra (A) : Qurʾānic term for an expiatory and propitiatory act which grants remission for faults …


(36 words)

kāfī (P) : in Western Indian literature, a sung ṣūfī lyric poem with a refrain repeated after each v…


(70 words)

kāfī (Pu) : a genre of Muslim Punjabi literature, comprising a lyric consisting of rhymed couplets o…


(127 words)

kāfir (A) : originally, ‘obliterating, covering’, then, ‘concealing benefits received’, i.e. ungrate…


(116 words)

ḳāfiya (A, pl. ḳawāfin) : in prosody, rhyme. Originally, the word meant ‘lampoon’, then ‘line of poetry…


(97 words)

kāfiyya (A, < It [s]cuffia; pl. kawāfī), or kūfiyya : a head scarf, a rectangular piece of cloth of linen or…


(28 words)

ḳafīz (A) : a measure of capacity used in ʿIrāḳ and caliphal Persia for weighing small quantities of…


(68 words)

kāfūr (A, < H karpūra, kappūra, Mal kapur) or ḳāfūr, ḳa(f)ūr : in botany, camphor, the white, translucent subs…


(62 words)

kāg̲h̲ad (A, < P), or kāg̲h̲id : paper. After its introduction in Samarḳand by Chinese prisoners in 134/7…


(37 words)

kāg̲h̲ān (A) : in mediaeval ʿIrāḳ, a boy who acts as a male prostitute. Mukaddī kāg̲h̲ānī …
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