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

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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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ḳāʿ (A) : in topography, a depression on the fringes of the volcanic fields south of Syria, free of …


(83 words)

ḳāʿa (A) : in modern dwellings in Egypt, the principal room in the Ḥarīm, with a central space and l…


(34 words)

ḳaʿada (A) : ‘those who sit down’, term for the designation of the quietists in early Islam who abst…


(54 words)

kaʿb (A) : in mathematics, ~, or mukaʿʿab, denotes the third power of the unknown quantity. al-D̲j̲abr wa ’…


(56 words)

kaʿba (A) : the most famous sanctuary of Islam, called the temple or house of God, and situated in t…


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ḳabāʾ (A, < Sp capo or capa), or ḳabā : a cloak or cape worn by soldiers. al-Ḥallād̲j̲; Libās; Libās; a luxu…


(31 words)

kabāʾir (A, s. kabīra) : the ‘grave sins’, mentioned in the Qurʾān, the exact definition of which remai…


(32 words)

kabaḳ (A, < T ‘gourd’), or ḳabaḳ : in archery, a small target. Furūsiyya; in Mamlūk terminology, a ‘gourd’ game ( ramy al…


(177 words)

ḳabāla (A) : in law, a guarantee, used mainly in connection with fiscal practice. It concerns the le…


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kabar (A, < Eth kabaro) : an early term for a cylindrical drum with a single membrane.


(47 words)

kabāra (A), or maʿtab : among the Bedouin in the Western Desert and Cyrenaica, amends for offences agai…


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kabāt̲h̲ (A) : the ripe fruit of the thorn tree arāk ( Capparis sedata). G̲h̲id̲h̲āʾ


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ḳabḍ (A) : lit. seizure, grasping, contraction, abstention, etc., and used in the special vocabulary…
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