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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laʿl

(15 words)

laʿl (A) : in mineralogy, a kind of ruby, according to al-Bīrūnī. Maʿdin

lālā

(46 words)

lālā (P), or lala : a preceptor or tutor, especially of royal princes, becoming a more common usage aft…

lāla

(5 words)

lāla S̲h̲aḳīḳat Al-Nuʿmān

lālaka

(18 words)

lālaka (A, pl. lawālik) : a nailed boot used by common people in pre-modern times. al-Isʿirdī

lalamiko

(11 words)

lalamiko (Sw) : in Swahili literature, an elegy. Mart̲h̲iya

lāle devri

(53 words)

lāle devri (T) : ‘the Tulip Period’, the name given to one of the most colourful periods of the Ottom…

lālla

(16 words)

lālla (Mor) : the name for women saints of Berber origin in Morocco. al-Mag̲h̲rib

lām

(28 words)

lām (A) : the twenty-third letter of the Arabic alphabet, transcribed l, with the numerical value 30. It is def…

lamṭ

(25 words)

lamṭ (A) : in mediaeval Islam, the oryx of the Sahara. The term is now obsolete. Lamlam; antelope. W…

land̲j̲

(51 words)

land̲j̲ (A, < Eng ‘launch’), or lans̲h̲ : in Kuwayt, a motor launch provided with one or two sails, and em…

langgar

(27 words)

langgar (J) : in Indonesia, a small mosque serving for the daily cult and religious instruction alon…

larin

(72 words)

larin (P lārī) : the larin, a silver coin current in the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean in the 16th and…

lāsa

(30 words)

lāsa (A) : a woman’s head scarf of white silk or cotton net into which flat metal strips have been d…

las̲h̲kar

(44 words)

las̲h̲kar (P) : the term normally used by the Indian Muslim rulers for army. Las Bēla las̲h̲kar-i bāzār …

lās̲h̲ōn

(44 words)

lās̲h̲ōn (< Heb ‘tongue, language’) : a form of slang used by Jewish traders and artisans. Occasionally it was called īs…
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