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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(118 words)

waḳʿa (A) : part of the expression waḳʿat al-ḥufra ‘day of the ditch’, sometimes considered a literary topos…


(15 words)

waḳaʿa (A), or awḳaʿa : in grammar, the nearest thing to ‘transitive’. Sībawayhi


(64 words)

wakāla (A) : in law, power of attorney or deputyship. Ṭawāf; Waḳʿa-Nüwīs In mediaeval Islam, a meeting-place in …


(308 words)

waḳf (A, pl. awḳāf), or ḥubus, ḥabs : in law, the act of found a charitable trust and hence the trust itse…


(4 words)

wāḳīʿa-niwīs Mad̲j̲lis-Niwīs


(69 words)

wāḳif (A), or muḥabbis : the founder of a Waḳf. Waḳf al-wāḳifa, or al-wāḳifiyya lit. t…


(246 words)

wakīl (A, pl. wukalāʾ; T wekīl) : agent; in the context of the pilgrimage, the ~ is especially used to de…


(43 words)

wakīr (A) : a flock of more than two hundred sheep or goats. When several ~ are joined together with…


(18 words)

waḳḳād (A, Tun sak̲h̲k̲h̲ān) : the ‘stoker’ of the furnace of a ḥammām ‘steam bath’. Ḥammām


(68 words)

waḳs (A) : in prosody, a deviation in the metre because of the loss of both the second consonant of …


(9 words)

waḳt (A) : time; and Ṣāḥib Al-Waḳt


(72 words)

wāḳwāḳ (A) : a name, possibly onomatopoeic, of uncertain origin, found in mediaeval literature to me…


(19 words)

waʿl (A) : in zoology, the ibex, on the Arabian peninsula also called badan. Ḏj̲azīrat al-ʿArab; Sayābid̲j̲a


(118 words)

walāʾ (A) : proximity. In law, contractual clientage (syn. muwālāt), a solution in early Islam to the problem…


(56 words)

walāya (A) : in theology, a term often taken as the equivalent or simply an alternative vocalisation…


(79 words)

wālī (A, pl. wulāt) : person in authority, governor, prefect, administrator manager. A near-synonym is ḥākim ‘one w…


(218 words)

walī (A, pl. awliyāʾ) : in mysticism, a saint, friend of God, often a mystic in general. Abu ’l-Maʿālī;…

wālide sulṭān

(32 words)

wālide sulṭān (A, T) : in the Ottoman empire, mother of the reigning sultan, used only for the durati…
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