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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(78 words)

nasīb (A) : in literature, a generic term applied in mediaeval sources to love poetry. In its modern…

naṣīḥāt al-mulūk

(65 words)

naṣīḥāt al-mulūk (A) : lit. advice for rulers; in pre-modern Islamic literature, the genre which cons…


(46 words)

nāsik (A, pl. nussāk) : in early Islam, a representative of the ascetic movement, who wore rough woolle…


(18 words)

nāsik̲h̲ (A) : a copyist. Diplomatic; Maktaba; al-Nūs̲h̲ādir; an abrogator. Naṣīḥat al-Mulūk al-nāsik̲h̲ wa ’l-m…


(149 words)

nask̲h̲ (A) : the act of cancellation, abrogation; in Qurʾānic exegesis, in the science of Tradition…


(61 words)

nasnās (A, pl. nasānis), or nisnās : in mediaeval Arabic literature, a ‘demi-man’ with human face and ver…


(94 words)

nasr (A, P dāl, T akbaba; pl. ansur, nusūr, nisār) : in zoology, the vulture, of which eight species are know…


(25 words)

naṣrī (A) : in numismatics, a square silver coin of Ḥafṣid Tunisia, which remained in use after the …


(92 words)

naṣṣ (A) : in law, a text whose presence in either Qurʾān or Tradition must be demonstrated to justi…


(39 words)

nassād̲j̲ (A) : weaver, textile worker, synonymous with ḥāʾik although less derogatory. Naṣṣ; and Tanawwuṭ n…


(66 words)

nastaʿlīḳ (P), or nask̲h̲-i taʿlīḳ, nask̲h̲-taʿlīḳ : a script, which is said in the works on calligraphy …


(34 words)

nasṭūriyyūn (A, s. nasṭūrī), also nasāṭira : the Nestorian or East Syrian, later called Assyrian, Christi…

nāsūr, nāṣūr

(12 words)

nāsūr, nāṣūr (A) : in medicine, anal fistulas. ʿUḳāb
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