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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woynuḳ (T, < Sl) : in Ottoman military and administrative usage, a particular category of troops amo…


(56 words)

woywoda (Ott, < Sl) : in mediaeval Serbia, a high-ranking commander and, on the eve of the Ottoman c…


(28 words)

wud̲j̲ūd (A) : in philosophy, being. Wu Ma; and Muṭlaḳ In mysticism, a verbal noun derived from wad̲j̲ada ‘to find’ o…


(25 words)

wuḍūʾ (A) : lit. cleansing; the simple ablution, which is sufficient for cleansing after a minor rit…


(34 words)

wufūd (A, s. wafd) : delegations; in the time of the Prophet, the mainly tribal deputations which came …


(23 words)

wuḳā (A), and wuḳāya, awḳā : a variety of women’s bonnets, usually decorated with coins, worn in Syria a…


(79 words)

wuḳūf (A) : lit. place of standing, station; in the context of the pilgrimage, the ~ is the culminat…


(52 words)

wuḳūʿ-gūʾī (P), or zabān-i wuḳūʿ : in Persian poetry, a new style, developed in the 16th century, of int…


(10 words)

wus̲h̲mgīr (P) : ‘quail-catcher’, according to al-Masʿūdī. al-Wuḳūf


(17 words)

wus̲h̲s̲h̲aḳ (A) : ammoniac, a gum resin, the product of the ammoniac gum tree. Sambas


(27 words)

wuṣla (A) : in grammar, one of a group of terms for referential and copulative elements mostly called ʿāʾid but also rābi…

wusṭā Zalzal

(59 words)

wusṭā Zalzal (A) : in music, the middle, or neutral, third among the frets of the lute, named after …