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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(5 words)

maʿīs̲h̲et K̲h̲idmet Aḳčesi̊


(13 words)

māʿiza (A) : in zoology, the goat, with s̲h̲iyāh al-maʿz. G̲h̲alaṭa


(90 words)

maḳāla (A, pl. maḳālāt) : an article, published in a newspaper or periodical, in Arabic, Persian and Tu…


(175 words)

maḳām (A, pl. maḳāmāt) : lit. place, position, rank; in music, ~ began to appear in Islamic musical tre…


(88 words)

maḳāma (A, pl. maḳāmāt) : an Arabic literary genre of rhymed prose, created by al-Hamad̲h̲ānī (358-98/9…

maḳāṣid al-s̲h̲arīʿa

(40 words)

maḳāṣid al-s̲h̲arīʿa (A) : lit. the aims or purposes of the law; in legal theory, the idea that the s…


(24 words)

makāyil (A, s. miḳyal) : measures of capacity, a non-uniform system in the Muslim countries and thus of…


(12 words)

maḳbara (A) : cemetery (syn. d̲j̲abbāna, madfan, turba). Makāyil (a.),


(26 words)

maḳbūl (A) : in the science of Tradition, an acceptable Tradition which fulfils the requirements, and is either ṣaḥīḥ


(17 words)

maʾk̲h̲ad̲h̲ (A) : in music, the initial note. The final note is termed rakz. al-Ṣaydana

mak̲h̲ārid̲j̲ al-ḥurūf

(6 words)

mak̲h̲ārid̲j̲ al-ḥurūf Mak̲h̲rad̲j̲


(18 words)

mak̲h̲āṣir (A) : in early Islam, the insignia of the K̲h̲aṭīb, lance, staff, or bow. K̲h̲aṭīb


(9 words)

mak̲h̲baz (A, pl. mak̲h̲ābiz) : bakery. Maṭbak̲h̲


(77 words)

mak̲h̲laṣ (P, < A) : the transitional distich between the prologue and the panegyric of a Persian Ḳa…


(18 words)

mak̲h̲mal (A) : velvet, for which e.g. Kās̲h̲ān was well known during the Ṣafawid period. Kās̲h̲ān
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