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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(40 words)

laashin (Somali, pl. laashinno) : in the southern, mainly agriculturalist clans of Somalia, specific re…


(51 words)

laban (A) : milk. In certain dialects, the distinction has arisen between Ḥalīb, milk, and ~, fully …


(49 words)

labin (A), or libn : unfired brick whose use in building dates back to the earliest antiquity. The…


(7 words)

lād̲j̲ward : lapis lazuli. Parčīn-Kārī


(14 words)

laffa (A) : a man’s turban cl…


(27 words)

lafūt (A) : in zoology, a term used for two different types of fish: the lophot (


(36 words)

lāgmī : ‘palm-wine’, a drink in Arabia, extracted from the sap rising in the palm trunk. This very sweet and refreshing liquid ferments quite quickly, becoming charged with alcohol which ren…
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