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  • Glossary of Names and Terms
aalam.

Spear-headed black banner of Imam Husain, carried in procession during the Muharram festival.

akhara.

Wrestling groundl.

azakhana.

Mourning chamber in a Shia imambaral.

baniya.

Merchant class or castel.

beta / betay / betey.

Son; used affectionately for any young boyl.

dargah.

Sufi shrine or meeting placel.

dastaan / dastan.

Fable; storyl.

doab.

Land between two riversl.

fakir / faqir.

Muslim or Hindu mendicantl.

farangi.

Foreigner; a (white) European; an Englishmanl.

ghadar.

Mutiny of 1914–1917 against British colonial rule in Indial.

haji.

Honorific given to a pilgrim who has traveled to Meccal.

Hatamtai / Hatim Tai.

Hero of a popular Urdu romancel.

hazrat.

Title of veneration, esp. for a religious personl.

hijrat.

Exile; migration; ref. to the Prophet Muhammad’s flight from Mecca to Medinal.

idgah.

Building where Muslims offer prayers, esp. during Idl.

imambara.

Lit., “the place of Imam”; Shia congregation hall, esp. where Muharram festival is celebratedl.

jhatka.

Non-kosherl.

kafir.

Non-Muslim personl.

kevra.

Scented water used in cookingl.

khaddar.

Hand-woven clothl.

malishya.

Masseur. [End Page 257]

marsia / marsiha / marsiya.

Elegy sung during Muharram to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Husainl.

maya.

Illusionl.

mian / miyan.

Respectful way of addressing a Muslim manl.

mohajir.

Migrant; refugeel.

Moharram / Moharrum / Muharram.

First month of the Muslim calendar; esp. a time of mourning the martyrdom of Imam Husain with rituals and prayersl.

mussalmani.

Identity as a Musliml.

panja.

Standard usually made in the shape of an open hand, carried at the head of the Muharram procession and representing the Five Holy Onesl.

saheb / sahib.

Honorific after man’s name, used as a mark of respect; sir; masterl.

samadhi.

Meditationl.

satyagraha.

Policy of non-violent resistance developed by Mahatma Gandhi as a means of pressing for political reform in South Africa and India; non-harml.

Savan.

Height of the rainy seasonl.

shanti.

Peacel.

Sheikh Chilli.

Braggart; name of a popular folklore characterl.

sishya.

Student; disciplel.

tal.

Small storerooml.

tazia.

Paper replica of the tomb of Imam Husain at Karbala, esp. that used in the Muharram processionl.

tilak.

Mark on the forehead made with paste, indicating the Hindu wearer’s sectl.

ustad.

Boss; guru; gang leaderl.

vihara.

Buddhist shrine or templel.

yaar.

Friendl.

zamindar.

Feudal lord; landlordl.

zindabad.

Shout of encouragement meaning “long life,” sometimes used as a slogan. [End Page 258]

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-943x
Print ISSN
1045-7909
Pages
pp. 257-258
Launched on MUSE
2015-09-29
Open Access
No
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