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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(80 words)

naʿt (A) : qualification, in grammar, a technical term used to designate a qualifying adjective and …


(27 words)

nat̲h̲r (A) : prose, whose opposite is Naẓm, poetry. Nandana al-nat̲h̲r al-mursal (A) :…


(44 words)

natīd̲j̲a (A) : an almanac, also called Ruz-nāma and Taḳwīm. Taḳwīm In logic, the conclusion resulting from the…


(25 words)

nātiḥ (A) : a term applied to a wild animal or bird which approaches a traveller or hunter from the front. Barīd S̲hāhīs


(71 words)

nāṭiḳ (A) : among the Ismāʿīliyya, one of seven ‘speaking’ prophets, each of whom reveals a new reli…


(52 words)

naṭrūn (A) : in mineralogy and pharmacology, a compound of sodium carbonate (NaCOsub:3) and sodium bicarbonate (…


(100 words)

naṭṭāla (A) : an artificial irrigation contrivance, still in use in Egypt, as well as in many Africa…


(27 words)

naʾūr (A) : soot, as used in filling the trace left by a tattooing needle. Other materials used were antimony ( kuḥl) or …


(74 words)

nāʿūra (A, pl. nawāʿīr) : ‘noria’, a current-driven, water-raising wheel, sometimes confused with Sāḳiy…


(11 words)

nāward (P) : a training-routine of a horse. K̲h̲ayl


(111 words)

nawba (A) : ‘turn’; in its non-technical meaning, appearing in the Ag̲h̲ānī by al-Iṣbahānī of the 4th/10th cent…


(90 words)

nawḥ (A) : in music, the elegy. G̲h̲ināʾ nawḥa (A) : in Persian literature, a gen…


(8 words)

nawkar (P) : an official. Tihrān


(55 words)

nawriyya (A, < nawr ‘flower’) : in literature, a genre of poetry devoted to the description of flowers,…
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