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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wafaya

(9 words)

wafaya (A, pl. wafayāt) : obituary. al-Yūnīnī

wafd

(18 words)

wafd (A) : lit. delegation; the name of a nationalist political party in modern Egypt. Wafa

wafḍa

(25 words)

wafḍa (A) : originally, a shepherd’s leather bag; in archery, a quiver made from skin entirely, with…

wāfid

(44 words)

wāfid (A) : ‘one who comes, makes his way, in a delegation or group’ (syn. muwaffad); used in the collective, wāfidiyya,…

wāfir

(16 words)

wāfir (A) : in prosody, the name of the fourth Arabic metre. ʿArūḍ; Wāfidiyya

wafḳ

(47 words)

wafḳ (A, pl. awfāḳ) : lit. harmonious arrangement; in sorcery, a square, in the field of which certain …

wāḥa

(9 words)

wāḥa (A, pl. wāḥāt) : oasis. Wafḳ

waḥam

(43 words)

waḥam (A), also waḥām, wiḥām : pregnancy craving; little noted in the medical literature, in popular Isl…

waḥda

(96 words)

waḥda (A) : oneness; unit, unity, used as a technical term in philosophy and theology with these mea…

waḥf

(10 words)

waḥf (A) : a woman’s exuberant hair. S̲h̲aʿr

wahhābiyya

(20 words)

wahhābiyya (A) : in law, both the doctrine and the followers of Muḥammad b. ʿAbd al-Wahhāb. Waḥdat al-S̲h̲uhūd

wāḥid

(13 words)

wāḥid (A), or fard, mufrad : in grammar, the singular. D̲j̲ālūt

wahm

(37 words)

wahm (A, pl. awhām) : lit. notion, supposition, in particular false notion, delusion; in philosophy, es…

waḥs̲h̲

(127 words)

waḥs̲h̲ (A, pl. wuḥūs̲h̲) : wild, desolate, uninhabited; a collective noun meaning ‘wild animals’. al-Wahrānī waḥs̲…

waḥy

(24 words)

waḥy (A) : a Qurʾānic term primarily denoting revelation in the form of communication with speech. W…

waʿīd

(25 words)

waʿīd (A) : the Ḵh̲ārid̲j̲ite and Muʿtazilī doctrine of unconditional punishment of the unrepentant …

waʿil

(10 words)

waʿil (A) : in zoology, the ibex. Mahāt

wāʿiẓ

(69 words)

wāʿiẓ (A, pl. wuʿʿāẓ) : a preacher, mostly a preacher who gives sermons conveying admonishments ( waʿẓ, mawʿiẓa), the…
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