Glossary

Fa-hien or Faxian

Faxian (337 – c. 422 CE) was a Chinese Buddhist monk who travelled by foot all the way from China to India, visiting many sacred Buddhist sites in what are now Xinjiang, China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and between 399 and 412 to acquire Buddhist scriptures. His journey is described in his important travelogue, A Record of Buddhist Kingdoms, Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Xian of his Travels in India and Ceylon in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline. Antiquated transliterations of his name include Fa-Hien and Fa-hsien.

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Chinese

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Fajr

The dawn prayer is the first of the five daily prayers offered by practising Muslims

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Arabic

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Fakhani

A neighbourhood in west Beirut which housed the PLO headquarters complex

Origin:

Arabic

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Fidayeen

Arab commando or guerrilla usually associated with the role of resistance against occupation or tyranny

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Arabic

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Frikkadels

Traditional Afrikaner dish comprising of baked or deep-fried meatballs brought by the Dutch to Sri Lanka

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Dutch

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