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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(19 words)

was̲h̲īd̲j̲ (A) : in botany, a tree (ash ?) mentioned as providing wood for spear shafts. Silāḥ


(37 words)

was̲h̲m (A) : tattooing; a woman who tattoos other is wās̲h̲ima and a woman who asks to be tattooed is mustaws̲h̲ima, bo…


(192 words)

waṣī (A, pl. awṣiyāʾ, waṣiyyūn) : in law, the executor of a will. ʿAbd; Waḳf In s̲h̲īʿī theology, variously rendere…


(29 words)

waṣīf (A) : in the terminology of childhood, ‘[a boy] who has become of full stature and fit for ser…


(47 words)

wāṣil (A) : lit. reaching; in grammar, used by Ibn al-Sarrād̲j̲ to refer to a level of interaction b…


(43 words)

wāsiṭa (A) : mediator. al-Suhrawardī; under the Fāṭimids, a minister who was given neither the title…


(34 words)

wasḳ (A) : a measure of capacity which was used in the Ḥid̲j̲āz in the days of Muḥammad, equal to 60…


(72 words)

waṣl (A), or ṣila : in prosody, a letter of prolongation following the rawī ‘rhyme letter’. It can also consist o…


(21 words)

waṣla (A) : Egyptian musical composition, which combined elements of the earlier local Nawba and the…


(72 words)

wasm (A, pl. wusūm) : brand, as in camel brands by which Bedouin identify their camels. Brands are some…


(67 words)

wā-sōk̲h̲t (U, P) : in Perso-Urdu literary criticism, a theme intrinsic to Persian love poetry that …


(38 words)

wasūṭ (A) : among the pre-Islamic Bedouin, a tent made of hair, generally said to be smaller than th…


(13 words)

waswās (A) : satanic whispering in the heart, inciting evil. Īlg̲h̲āzī
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