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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(40 words)

azala (A) : a special unit of 100 cubic cubits ‘of balance’, used in mediaeval ʿIrāḳ to count the vo…


(43 words)

azalay (B) : a term for the great caravans made up of several thousand dromedaries which carry the s…


(12 words)

ʿaẓāliyyāt (A) : in zoology, the order of saurians. Timbuktu


(38 words)

ʿazīb (A), or ʿazl, hans̲h̲īr : ‘latifundium’, a form of land tenure in ancient North Africa. Arrān; lan…


(47 words)

ʿazīma (A) : determination, resolution, fixed purpose; in religious law, ~ is an ordinance as interp…


(36 words)

ʿazīz (A) : powerful, respected; in the science of Tradition, a Tradition coming from one man of suf…


(14 words)

ʿazl (A) : coitus interruptus. ʿAzīzī; Tanẓīm al-Nasl, Tanẓīm al-Usra; and ʿAzīb


(21 words)

azraḳ (A) : the colour blue, also having the sense of ‘livid, haggard’. Its plural, zarāḳīm, designates snakes. Lawn


(15 words)

azyab (A) : in Yemen, the southeast wind. Adamawa; the north-east wind. Milāḥa


(69 words)

ʿazzāba (A, s. ʿazzābī) : ‘recluses’, ‘clerks’. Among the Ibāḍiyya, members of a special council, Ḥalḳa, pr…
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