Glossary of Religious Terms
Local dialect versions of the terms as used in the Rhodopes are listed first.
Abdest (Turkish: abdest, Arabic: wudu or tawaddu) – ablution, ritual purification performed by Muslims before prayer, symbolizing a return to the primordial purity of Paradise.
Agnets – see Amnos.
Ayat/ayats (Turkish: sing. ayet, pl.ayetler , Arabic: sing. ayah, pl. ay) – literally “miraculous signs”, verses of the Qur’an.
Akathist (Greek: akathistos) – 1) liturgical hymn dedicated to a Christian saint or saints, sung standing, 2) a church service during which akathists are sung.
Aksham (Turkish: akam, Arabic: al-maghrib) – the time from sunset ...