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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(10 words)

walīma (A) : a wedding dinner-party. Ḥarīr; ʿUrs


(21 words)

wangala : in Mauritania, the custom of slaughtering and sharing, each day, a sheep within a given group. al-Māmaḳānī


(20 words)

wans̲h̲arīs (B) : ‘nothing higher’, a reference by local people to a mountain massif in Central Algeria. Wānḳuli̊


(25 words)

waraʿ (A) : in mysticism, the ‘spirit of scruple’, advocated in so-called ‘sober’ ṣūfism. al-Sulamī;…


(46 words)

waraḳ (A) : one of the terms for parchment, later to be reserved for paper. Rāḳid; with waraḳa, the leaf of a tree or…


(12 words)

waras̲h̲ān (A) : in zoology, a type of bird. al-Warrāḳ


(85 words)

ward (A, s. warda; P d̲j̲ull or Gul) : in botany, Rosa sp., Rosaceae, any flower but generally the rose. Accordin…


(19 words)

ward̲j̲iyya (A), and wariyya, huwayriyya : in Kuwayt, the local open boat made from palm fibres. Milāḥa


(74 words)

wariḳ (A) : in numismatics, silver money, distinguished from gold money, ʿayn, and refined silver in bars or ingots, nu…


(43 words)

warrāḳ (A) : lit. producer or seller of leaves, Waraḳ; in mediaeval Islam, the copyist of manuscript…


(83 words)

wars (A) : a yellow dye from a perennial plant cultivated in Yemen, identified as curcuma. Lombok; or as Memecylon tinc…


(29 words)

wasaḳ (A, pl. awsuḳ) : a measure of volume, reportedly equivalent to 300 Ṣāʿ according to the ṣāʿ of the Prophet, or …


(24 words)

wasaṭ (A, pl. awsāṭ) : in astronomy, the mean motion. Zīd̲j̲ wasaṭ al-s̲h̲ams (A) : i…


(87 words)

wasāṭa (A) : in Fāṭimid administration, a function which involved interposing and interceding betwee…

wasé kuala

(39 words)

wasé kuala : in Aceh in Indonesia, a tax demanded by the shahbandar ‘harbour master’ for disembarking or loading…


(41 words)

waṣf (A) : lit. description; in poetry, a literary genre of flattering or embellished description. W…


(18 words)

was̲h̲aḳ (A), or kiṭṭ-namir : in zoology, the Serval or Tiger-Cat ( Leptailurus serval). Fahd; lynx. Farw
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