BactrianRelated entries & more
late 14c., "inhabitant of Bactria," ancient region in what is now northwestern Afghanistan; as a type of camel c. 1600; from Latin Bactria, from Persian, literally "the western province," from bakhtar "the west."
BaluchistanRelated entries & more
historical country or region east of Persia between Afghanistan and the Arabian Sea, now forming southwestern Pakistan, from the people-name Baluchi (in English from 1610s) + -stan.
sharia (n.)Related entries & more
Islamic religious law, 1855, from Arabic shari'ah "the revealed law," from shar' "revelation."
zakat (n.)Related entries & more
obligatory Islamic tax for religious purposes, 1802, from Persian zakat, etc., from Arabic zakah.
halal (adj.)Related entries & more
1858, Arabic, literally "lawful." Halal food has been prepared in a manner prescribed by Islamic law.
Ashura (n.)Related entries & more
Islamic voluntary fast on the 10th day of Muharram, Arabic Ashura', literally "tenth," from 'ashara "ten."
moolah (n.)Related entries & more
also moola, "money," c. 1920, American English slang, of unknown origin. Earlier it was a form of the Islamic title mullah.