The Weavers

GLOSSARY

Aiwa覧Yes.
Allah hu Achbar覧God is most Great.
Al'mah覧Female professional singers, signifying "a learned female."
Ardab覧A measure equivalent to five English bushels.

Backsheesh覧Tip, douceur.
Balass覧Earthen vessel for carrying water.
Bdsha覧Pasha.
Bersim覧Clover.
Bismillah覧In the name of God.
Bowdb覧A doorkeeper.

Dahabieh覧A Nile houseboat with large lateen sails.
Darabukkeh覧A drum made of a skin stretched over an earthenware funnel.
Dourha覧Maize.

Effendina覧Most noble.
El Azhar覧The Arab University at Cairo.

Fedddn覧A measure of land representing about an acre.
Fellah覧The Egyptian peasant.

Ghiassa覧Small boat.

Hakim覧Doctor.
Hasheesh覧Leaves of hemp.

Inshallah覧God willing.

Kdnoon覧A musical instrument like a dulcimer.
Kavass覧An orderly.
Kemengeh覧A cocoanut fiddle.
Khamsin覧A hot wind of Egypt and the Soudan.

Kourbash覧A whip, often made of rhinoceros hide.

La ilaha illa-llah覧There is no deity but God.

Malaish覧No matter.
Malboos覧Demented.
Mastaba覧A bench.
Medjidie覧A Turkish Order.
Mooshrabieh覧Lattice window.
Moufettish覧High Steward.
Mudir覧The Governor of a
Mudirieh, or province.
Muezzin覧The sheikh of the mosque who calls to prayer.

Narghileh覧A Persian pipe.
Nebool覧A quarter-staff.

Ramadan覧The Mahommedan season of fasting.

Saadat-el-bdsha覧Excellency Pasha.
Sdis覧Groom.
Sakkia覧The Persian water-wheel.
Salaam覧Eastern salutation.
Sheikh-el-beled覧Head of a village.

Tarboosh覧A Turkish turban.

Ulema覧Learned men.

Wakf覧Mahommedan Court dealing with succession, etc.
Welee覧A holy man or saint.

Yashmak覧A veil for the lower part of the face.
Yelek覧A long vest or smock.



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