Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Glossary and Index of Terms

Get access Subject: Middle East and Islamic Studies
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.

Subscriptions: see Brill.com


(206 words)

radīf (A, T redīf) : lit. one who rides behind, ‘pillion rider’; in its plural form rawādif, immigrants. al-Kūfa In gra…


(149 words)

rad̲j̲ʿa (A) : return; in s̲h̲īʿī theology, the return to life, which will precede the universal res…


(69 words)

rad̲j̲ab (A) : the seventh month of the Islamic calendar, observed in the D̲j̲āhiliyya as a holy mon…


(8 words)

rād̲j̲aputra (San) : ‘king’s son’. Rād̲j̲asthān


(118 words)

rad̲j̲az (A) : tremor, spasm, convulsion (as may occur in the behind of a camel when it wants to ris…


(17 words)

rad̲j̲fa (A) : in the Qurʾānic story of S̲h̲uʿayb, commonly glossed as ‘earthquake’. S̲h̲ōlāpur; T̲h̲amisṭiyus


(28 words)

rad̲j̲īm (A) : lit. stoned; for explaining the Qurʾānic expression al-s̲h̲ayṭān al-rad̲j̲īm, it has been sugges…


(34 words)

rad̲j̲ʿiyya (A), or irtid̲j̲āʿ : the term coined in modern Arabic for reaction in the political sense. Rad̲j̲az; with a…


(47 words)

rad̲j̲m (A) : stoning; the casting of stones at Minā, one of the pre-Islamic rites preserved by Muḥa…


(35 words)

raḍk̲h̲ (A) : a bonus share (of the booty given at the discretion of the Imām to those bondmen, wome…


(38 words)

rafʿ (A) : elevation, the act of raising something; in grammar, the nominative and indicative cases,…


(61 words)

rāfiḍa (A), or al-rawāfiḍ : a term that refers to the proto-Imāmiyya (and, subsequently, the Twelver s̲…


(33 words)

rafīḳ (A) : companion; in Tradition, the phrase al-rafīḳ al-aʿlā is closely associated with Al-Malaʾ Al-Aʿlā …


(13 words)

rafraf (A) : the tail of a turban hanging behind. Tulband


(24 words)

rag̲h̲īf (A) : a round bread, quite thick and cooked in an oven, also called d̲j̲ardaḳ or d̲j̲ard̲h̲aḳ (from Persian)…


(17 words)

raḥā (A) : in Muslim Spain, a water mill. al-Andalus; a mill. Ḳuṭb al-Dīn S̲h̲īrāzī
▲   Back to top   ▲