Glossary beginning with M
The Arabic word for both earthly and spiritual love.
Mad, crazy (literally ‘possessed by jinn’).
In Persian literature, a poem of indefinite length with a meter of 11 syllables and a rhyme that can change with each line. Usually, but not exclusively, devoted to didactic or spiritual themes.
‘Our lord’, a term of respect for a spiritual leader.
An arch or niche-shaped architectural feature in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca, towards which the congregation prays.
The term used for the mystical ascent of the Prophet Muhammad to the heavens.
A luxurious album of illustrations and calligraphy.
Linked by spirit, not blood; a ‘blood’ brother.