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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(56 words)

ṭabīʿa (A) : lit. nature, a term of Islamic science, philosophy and theology, usually translated in …


(62 words)

taʿbīr (A) : ‘the passage of one thing to another, one sense to another’, hence ‘explanation’, like tafsīr, lit. comm…


(9 words)

tabīra : in music, a drum. Ṭabl-K̲h̲āna


(25 words)

ṭabk̲h̲ (A) : the action of cooking either in a pot, by boiling or stewing, or by roasting, broiling…


(20 words)

tāb-k̲h̲āne (T) : lodgings for dervishes added on both sides of the prayer hall of a mosque. Istanbul


(94 words)

ṭabl (A) : the generic name for any member of the drum family. Ṭabk̲h̲; or dawul, a rather large wooden double-head…


(9 words)

tablīg̲h̲ (A) : propagating the faith. Ṭabl-K̲h̲āna


(49 words)

tabriʾa (A) : an Ibāḍī penal sanction ( tebriya), viz. ‘an indemnity paid by the parents of the murderer to …


(38 words)

tabs̲h̲īr (A) : lit. proclamation, spreading of the good news; in modern works, term for Christian p…


(12 words)

ṭabū (T) : in Ottoman administration, a land register. al-Ḳuds


(60 words)

ṭābūn (A), or ṭābūna : originally, the cavity in which a fire was made to shelter it from the wind; an …


(40 words)

ṭabūr (T) : in military usage, a pallisade formed of waggons arranged in a circle or square; a body …


(135 words)

tābūt (A) : coffin. Adiyaman; Kafan; the Ark in biblical times. al-Tallaʿfarī; ‘water-screw’, a kind…


(22 words)

tabwīb (A) : in the science of Tradition, the bringing together of material in chapters under certai…


(81 words)

ṭābya (A) : in architecture, ‘cobwork’, a technique by which earth with which chalk and crushed bake…


(13 words)

tabyīt (A) : in religious law, each day of fasting. Ṣawm


(25 words)

taḍabbaba (A), also taḥallama, ig̲h̲tāla : in the terminology of childhood, a verb which expresses the s…
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