Muslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World

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Glossary

Ar. = Arabic

Pr. = Persian

Tr. = Turkish

Ur. = Urdu

ʿAbaya (Ar.) a simple, loose overgarment, essentially a robe-like dress.

ʿAda (Ar.) pl. of ʿadat; customs, habits, and traditions observed by Muslims.

Adhan (Ar.) the Islamic call to daily prayer.

Ahl-i Bayt (Ar.) the household of the Prophet Muhammad.

Agha (Pr. & Tr.) sir, lord, master.

Arbaʿin (Ar.) literary meaning: “the fortieth”; forty days after ʿashura, the day on which Imam Husayn was killed in the battle of Karbala, 680 c.e.

Ashura (Ar.) the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, on which Imam Husayn was killed in the battle of Karbala, 680 c.e.

Awliya (Ar.) plural form of wali.

Baba (Ar.) father, also an honorific title for a Sufi saint.

Baraka (Ar.) spiritual force that can radiate through God’s creation to ordinary humans in their presence.

Bidʿa (Ar.) act of innovation in religious matters.

Daira (Ar.) Sufi lodge among Wolofs (people living in Senegal and Gambia).

Dargah (Pr. Ur.) tomb, shrine.

Daʿwa (Ar.) proselytizing or preaching of Islam.

Dhamal (Ar.) a ritual dance in South Asia.

Didar (Pr.) literary meaning: “meeting”; in Shiʿism, encounter with an Imam with spiritual implications.

ʿEid (Ar.) Islamic feast.

Faraj (Ar.) literary meaning: “release”; reappearance of Mahdi at the End of Time.

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