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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(54 words)

waṭan (A) : homeland, fatherland, syn. mawṭin. ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd II; Ḳawmiyya; Waṣṣāf; in early usage, the loc…


(22 words)

wat̲h̲aniyya (A) : idolatry, a later term. In classical Arabic, idolatry is given by the phrase ʿibādat al-aṣnām (or al…


(54 words)

wat̲h̲īḳa (A, pl. wat̲h̲āʾiḳ) : a document that certifies the commission of a promise or legal act; a g…


(45 words)

waṭwāṭ (A, pl. waṭāwīṭ, waṭāyīṭ) : in zoology, all cheiropters or bats, without distinction of families …


(31 words)

wāw (A) : the twenty-seventh letter of the Arabic alphabet, with the numerical value 6. It stands ei…


(11 words)

wāwī (A) : in zoology, the jackal. Ḏj̲azīrat al-ʿArab


(10 words)

wayang (Ind) : a shadow play performance. Sūḳ


(22 words)

wazag̲h̲ (A) : a kind of lizard, the killing of which, preferably with one blow, is prescribed by Sunna. Ḳatl


(129 words)

waẓīfa (A, pl. waẓāʾif) : lit. task, charge, impose obligation; an administrative fiscal term meaning a…


(156 words)

wazīr (A, T wezīr) : vizier or chief minister; head of the bureaucracy. From its original Qurʾānic mean…


(90 words)

wazn (A, pl. Awzān) : lit. the act of weighing; in eschatology, the ‘weighing’ of deeds on the Last …


(16 words)

wēs̲h̲ (Pash) : in Afghanistan, the ancient custom of periodical redistribution of land. Afg̲h̲ān
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