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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(14 words)

kag̲h̲ni̊ (T) : a Byzantine wagon, used in mediaeval Turkicised Anatolia. ʿAd̲j̲ala


(20 words)

kahār (IndP) : in the Mug̲h̲al period, a bearer of different kinds of litters, classed as infantry. Las̲h̲kar


(6 words)

ḳaḥba (pl. ḳiḥāb) Bag̲h̲iyy


(15 words)

kaḥḥāl (A) : in medicine, an oculist. ʿAlī b. ʿĪsā; an ophthalmist. al-Kuḥl


(213 words)

kāhin (A) : a term of controversial origin. It appears to have been used by the ‘Western Semites’ to…


(16 words)

ḳāhiriyya (A) : omnipotence (of God). ʿAbd al-Razzāḳ Kamāl al-Dīn b. Abu ’l-G̲h̲anāʾim al-Ḳās̲h̲ānī


(16 words)

kahrubā (P), also kāhrabāʾ : yellow amber; today, ~ also used for electricity. Ḳahramān-Nāma


(15 words)

kahūr (P) : in botany, a spiny shrub, enjoyed by camels. Lār, Lāristān


(80 words)

ḳahwa (A) : coffee; originally a name for wine, ~ was transferred towards the end of the 8th/14th ce…


(60 words)

ḳaʿīd (A), and k̲h̲afīf : a term applied to a wild animal or bird which approaches a traveller or hunte…


(37 words)

ḳāʿid (A) : lit. sitter; in s̲h̲īʿī terminology, the ‘sitting’ members of the family of the Prophet,…


(75 words)

ḳāʾid (A, pl. ḳuwwād) : an imprecise term, but one always used to designate a military leader whose ran…


(10 words)

ḳāʾif (A, pl. ḳāfa) : a physiognomist. ʿAbd


(246 words)

ḳāʾim (A) : lit. riser, the s̲h̲īʿī Mahdī, referring both to the member of the family of the Prophet…


(60 words)

ḳāʾime (T, < A) : the name formerly used for paper money in Turkey, an abbreviation for ḳāʾime-i muʿtebere. Originally…
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