Glossary of Terms: K
Cube-shaped shrine near the center of the Great Mosque in Mecca and considered by Muslims as the most sacred spot on earth; Muslims orient themselves toward this shrine in prayer
esoteric Jewish mysticism as it developed in the 12th and following centuries C.E.
Soothsayer, wizard, or priest
Spiritual gifts or powers acquired by a saint; "Marvels" effected by Friends of God
First wife (d. 619 CE) of Muhammad
Earliest Islamic sect, tracing its beginning to a religio-political controversy over the caliphate (in 657 CE)
Khordad Sal (Fasli)
Khordad Sal (Qadimi)
Khordad Sal (Shenshai)
The sermon given at the two major Islamic festivals (ids), at celebrations of saintly birthdays, and on extraordinary occasions
Musical worship practiced by the Hindu Vaisnava sects (worshipers of the god Vishnu); a group chorus repeats the verses sung by a soloist, all to the rhythm of percussion instruments.
Muslim elementary school, traditionally consisting mainly of Quran learning; also called maktab