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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wid̲j̲āʾ (A) : in medicine, a form of castration consisting of binding the cord supporting the testi…


(187 words)

wilāya (A) : in law, representation, the power of an individual to personally initiate an action. Wh…


(66 words)

wird (A, pl. awrād) : in mysticism, set, supererogatory personal devotions observed at specific times, …


(27 words)

wisāda (A) : in mediaeval times, a large cushion often used for supporting the back (syn. mirfaḳa, tukʾa, miswara, n…


(28 words)

wiṣāl (A), less frequently muwāṣala : in mysticism, ‘maintaining an amorous relationship, chaste or othe…


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wisām (A) : in Morocco, a term applied to each of the nine orders, decorations, that were regulated in a document ( ẓahīr)…


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wis̲h̲āḥ (A) : according to Lane, an ornament worn by women (consisting of) two series of pearls and…