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  • Karkh, Al- (settlement, Baghdad, Iraq)

    Baghdad: Districts: …as Ru?āfah, the west-bank as Al-Karkh. A series of bridges, including one railroad trestle, link the two banks. From a built-up area of about 4 square miles (10 square km) at the beginning of the 20th century, Baghdad has expanded into a bustling metropolis with suburbs spreading north and south…

  • Karkhī, al- (Persian mathematician and engineer)

    Al-Karajī, mathematician and engineer who held an official position in Baghdad (c. 1010–1015), perhaps culminating in the position of vizier, during which time he wrote his three main works, al-Fakhrī fī?l-jabr wa’l-muqābala (“Glorious on algebra”), al-Badī‘ fī’l-hisāb (“Wonderful on calculation”),

  • Karkonosze (mountains, Europe)

    Giant Mountains, mountains, major segment of the Sudeten in northeastern Bohemia and part of the western Czech-Polish frontier. The highest peak in both the mountains and Bohemia is Sně?ka (5,256 feet [1,602 m]). The Elbe (Czech: Labe) River rises in Bohemia on the southern slope, and tributaries

  • Karl Albrecht (Holy Roman emperor)

    Charles VII, elector of Bavaria (1726–45), who was elected Holy Roman emperor (1742–45) in opposition to the Habsburg Maria Theresa’s husband, Francis, grand duke of Tuscany. Succeeding to the Bavarian throne in 1726, Charles Albert renounced any claims to the Austrian succession when he r

  • Karl August (duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach)

    Charles Augustus, Grossherzog (grand duke) of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, an enlightened ruler, and patron of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. He made his court and the University of Jena leading intellectual centres of Germany during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Introduced to Goethe in 1774,

  • Karl der Dicke (Holy Roman emperor)

    Charles III, Frankish king and emperor, whose fall in 887 marked the final disintegration of the empire of Charlemagne. (Although he controlled France briefly, he is usually not reckoned among the kings of France). The youngest son of Louis the German and great-grandson of Charlemagne, Charles b

  • Karl der Grosse (Holy Roman emperor [747?–814])

    Charlemagne, king of the Franks (768–814), king of the Lombards (774–814), and first emperor (800–814) of the Romans and of what was later called the Holy Roman Empire. Around the time of the birth of Charlemagne—conventionally held to be 742 but likely to be 747 or 748—his father, Pippin III (the

  • Karl der Kahle (Holy Roman emperor)

    Charles II, king of France (i.e., Francia Occidentalis, the West Frankish kingdom) from 843 to 877 and Western emperor from 875 to 877. (He is reckoned as Charles II both of the Holy Roman Empire and of France.) Son of the emperor Louis I the Pious and his second wife, Judith, Charles was the

  • Karl Eugen (duke of Württemberg)

    Friedrich Schiller: Early years and plays: …Ludwigsburg, the residence of Duke Karl Eugen of Württemberg. Johann Kaspar gave his son Friedrich a sound grammar school education until the age of 13 when, in deference to what amounted to a command from his despotic sovereign, he reluctantly agreed to send his boy to the Military Academy (the…

  • Karl I (emperor of Austria)

    Charles (I), emperor (Kaiser) of Austria and, as Charles IV, king of Hungary, the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy (November 21, 1916–November 11, 1918). A grandnephew of the emperor Franz Joseph, Charles became heir presumptive to the Habsburg throne upon the assassination of his uncle

  • Karl II (king of Sweden)

    Charles XIII, king of Sweden from 1809 and, from 1814 to 1818, first king of the union of Sweden and Norway (called Karl II in Norway). The second son of King Adolf Frederick of Sweden, he was created duke of S?dermanland by his elder brother, King Gustav III, and later served as admiral of the

  • Karl IV (king of Sweden and Norway)

    Charles XV, king of Sweden and Norway from 1859 to 1872 (called Karl IV in Norway). Succeeding his father, Oscar I, on July 8, 1859, Charles was an intelligent and artistically inclined ruler much liked in both kingdoms. The royal power, however, was considerably reduced during his reign as the

  • Karl Johan (king of Sweden and Norway)

    Charles XIV John, French Revolutionary general and marshal of France (1804), who was elected crown prince of Sweden (1810), becoming regent and then king of Sweden and Norway (1818–44). Active in several Napoleonic campaigns between 1805 and 1809, he subsequently shifted allegiances and formed

  • Karl Martell (Frankish ruler)

    Charles Martel, mayor of the palace of Austrasia (the eastern part of the Frankish kingdom) from 715 to 741. He reunited and ruled the entire Frankish realm and defeated a sizable Muslim raiding party at Poitiers in 732. His byname, Martel, means “the hammer.” Charles was the illegitimate son of

  • Karl Marx Peak (mountain, Tajikistan)

    Karl Marx Peak, mountain peak in the extreme southwestern Pamirs in Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous oblast (province) of Tajikistan. At an elevation of 22,067 feet (6,726 m), it is the highest summit of the Shakhdarin Mountains, which extend in a roughly east-west direction between the valleys of the S

  • Karl Marx University of Leipzig (university, Leipzig, Germany)

    University of Leipzig, coeducational state-controlled institution of higher education in Leipzig, Germany. It was renamed Karl Marx University of Leipzig in 1953 by the communist leadership of East Germany, but the original name was restored in 1990. The University of Leipzig was founded in 1409 by

  • Karl Marx’ ?konomische Lehren (work by Kautsky)

    Marxism: The work of Kautsky and Bernstein: …Karl Marx’ ?konomische Lehren (1887; The Economic Doctrines of Karl Marx), in which the work of Marx is presented as essentially an economic theory. Kautsky reduced the ideas of Marx and Marxist historical dialectic to a kind of evolutionism. He laid stress on the increasing pauperization of the working class…

  • Karl Marx; His Life and Environment (work by Berlin)

    Sir Isaiah Berlin: His first important book was Karl Marx; His Life and Environment (1939; rev. ed. 1959, 1963), an intellectual biography of Marx that was highly praised for its objectivity. Among his other noted works are Historical Inevitability (1955), which stands as a major critique of the doctrines of determinism; The Age…

  • Karl Theodor (elector of the Palatinate)

    Charles Theodore, elector (1742–77) of the Palatinate branch of the House of Wittelsbach and thereafter (1777–99) of the united Palatinate lands after inheriting Bavaria. The latter inheritance touched off the battleless War of the Bavarian Succession. The son of Count Palatinate John Christian

  • Karl und Anna (work by Frank)

    Leonhard Frank: …masterpiece, Karl und Anna (1926; Carl and Anna), a realistic, if sentimental, account of a soldier who seduces his comrade’s wife.

  • Karl von Berneck (work by Tieck)

    Ludwig Tieck: …of a sensitive young intellectual; Karl von Berneck (1797), a five-act tragedy set in the Middle Ages; and Franz Sternbalds Wanderungen, 2 vol. (1798), a novel of artistic life in the late Middle Ages. A series of plays based on fairy tales—including Ritter Blaubart (“Bluebeard”) and Der gestiefelte Kater (“Puss…

  • Karl von Luxembourg (Holy Roman emperor)

    Charles IV, German king and king of Bohemia (as Charles) from 1346 to 1378 and Holy Roman emperor from 1355 to 1378, one of the most learned and diplomatically skillful sovereigns of his time. He gained more through diplomacy than others did by war, and through purchases, marriages, and inheritance

  • Karl Wilhelm (margrave of Baden-Durlach)

    Karlsruhe: It originated in 1715 when Karl Wilhelm, margrave of Baden-Durlach, built a castle near his hunting lodge, Karlsruhe (“Karl’s retreat”). The castle tower became the focal point of a fan-shaped town layout. Friedrich Weinbrenner gave it its essential character by erecting many buildings in Neoclassical style, including the town hall…

  • Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand of Brunswick (Prussian noble)

    Charles William Ferdinand of Brunswick, duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel, Prussian field marshal, and an enlightened ruler. Though he was Frederick II the Great’s nephew and favourite disciple, Charles proved to be less than successful in his military career, being defeated by Revolutionary

  • Karl XIII (king of Sweden)

    Charles XIII, king of Sweden from 1809 and, from 1814 to 1818, first king of the union of Sweden and Norway (called Karl II in Norway). The second son of King Adolf Frederick of Sweden, he was created duke of S?dermanland by his elder brother, King Gustav III, and later served as admiral of the

  • Karl XV (king of Sweden and Norway)

    Charles XV, king of Sweden and Norway from 1859 to 1872 (called Karl IV in Norway). Succeeding his father, Oscar I, on July 8, 1859, Charles was an intelligent and artistically inclined ruler much liked in both kingdoms. The royal power, however, was considerably reduced during his reign as the

  • Karl, Erzherzog (Austrian field marshal)

    Archduke Charles, Austrian archduke, field marshal, army reformer, and military theoretician who was one of the few Allied commanders capable of defeating the French generals of the Napoleonic period. He modernized the Austrian army during the first decade of the 19th century, making it a

  • Karl, George (American basketball coach)

    Denver Nuggets: …NBA Coach of the Year George Karl in the off-season, and Denver’s 10-year streak of playoff berths ended the following season. The Nuggets won a division title and returned to the playoffs (which ended in a conference semifinals loss) in 2018–19 behind the play of All-Star centre Nikola Jokic.

  • Karl, Prinz von Lothringen und Bar (Austrian governor of The Netherlands)

    Charles, prince of Lorraine and Bar, Austrian field marshal and administrator whose exemplary governorship of the Austrian Netherlands overshadowed his questionable military talents. When his eldest brother, Francis, married the future Habsburg empress Maria Theresa in 1736, Charles joined the

  • Karl, T. R. (American climatologist)

    climate: Biosphere controls on minimum temperatures: Schwartz and T.R. Karl used the superimposed epoch method to study the climate before and after the leafing out of lilac plants in the spring in the U.S. Midwest. (This method uses time series data from multiple locations, which can be compared to one another by adjusting…

  • Karl-Marx-Stadt (Germany)

    Chemnitz, city, Saxony Land (state), eastern Germany. The city lies along the Chemnitz River, at the north foot of the Ore Mountains, southwest of Dresden. It began as a trading place on a salt route to Prague, was chartered in 1143, and fell to the Wettin margraves of Meissen in 1308. It was

  • Karla (India)

    Karli, village, western Maharashtra state, west-central India. It is situated in an upland area, about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Pune. Karli is noted for the nearby rock-cut caitya, or Buddhist sanctuary. The caitya is of the normal apsidal plan, 124 feet (38 metres) long, 46.5 feet (14 metres)

  • Karla Marksa, Pik (mountain, Tajikistan)

    Karl Marx Peak, mountain peak in the extreme southwestern Pamirs in Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous oblast (province) of Tajikistan. At an elevation of 22,067 feet (6,726 m), it is the highest summit of the Shakhdarin Mountains, which extend in a roughly east-west direction between the valleys of the S

  • Karlamagnús saga (Icelandic literature)

    Icelandic literature: Romances: This was followed by the Karlamagnús saga (“Saga of Charlemagne”), a collection of prose renderings of French chansons de geste, including a Norse version of the French epic La Chanson de Roland. Romances in Icelandic were numerous, and their effect on the style of later writers is evident in such…

  • Karle, Jerome (American crystallographer)

    Jerome Karle, American crystallographer who, along with Herbert A. Hauptman, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1985 for their development of mathematical methods for deducing the molecular structure of chemical compounds from the patterns formed when X-rays are diffracted by their

  • Karlfeldt, Erik Axel (Swedish writer)

    Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Swedish poet whose essentially regional, tradition-bound poetry was extremely popular and won him the Nobel Prize for Literature posthumously in 1931; he had refused it in 1918, at least in part because of his position as secretary to the Swedish Academy, which awards the

  • Karlgren, Bernhard (linguist)

    Sino-Tibetan languages: Proto-Sinitic: …reconstructed (1940) by the linguist Bernhard Karlgren to account especially for the language of the Shijing, an anthology of Chinese poetry compiled in the 6th–5th centuries bce, seems surprisingly complicated as compared to that of Proto-Tibeto-Burman. Probably some of the vowels can be explained as diphthongs or as combinations of…

  • Karli (India)

    Karli, village, western Maharashtra state, west-central India. It is situated in an upland area, about 30 miles (50 km) northwest of Pune. Karli is noted for the nearby rock-cut caitya, or Buddhist sanctuary. The caitya is of the normal apsidal plan, 124 feet (38 metres) long, 46.5 feet (14 metres)

  • Karli (cave temple, India)

    caitya: …classical caitya is the magnificent Kārli caitya-hall from the late 1st century bc near Pune (Poona), in western India.

  • Karlik (Soviet official)

    Nikolay Ivanovich Yezhov, Russian Communist Party official who, while chief of the Soviet security police (NKVD) from 1936 to 1938, administered the most severe stage of the great purges, known as Yezhovshchina (or Ezhovshchina). Nothing is known of his early life (he was nicknamed the “Dwarf”

  • Karlik Mountains (mountains, Asia)

    Tien Shan: Physiography: …of the Tien Shan, the Karlik Mountains, which reach a maximum elevation of 16,158 feet (4,925 metres).

  • Karlin, Fred (American composer)
  • Karloca (Serbia)

    Sremski Karlovci, town in the south-central part of the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. It lies along the Danube River, roughly 9 miles (15 km) southeast of the administrative capital of Novi Sad and on the road and rail routes from Belgrade to Subotica (in Vojvodina) and Hungary. In

  • Karloff, Boris (British actor)

    Boris Karloff, English actor who became internationally famous for his sympathetic and chilling portrayal of the monster in the classic horror film Frankenstein (1931). Karloff, the youngest of nine children born to Edward and Eliza Pratt, deliberately failed a consular service exam in order to

  • Karlova, Universita (university, Prague, Czech Republic)

    Charles University, state-controlled institution of higher learning in Prague, Czech Republic. The school was founded in 1348 by the Holy Roman emperor Charles IV, from whom it takes its name. It was the first university in central Europe. Among its buildings, scattered throughout Prague, is the

  • Karlovac (Croatia)

    Karlovac, city in western Croatia. It lies southwest of Zagreb at the confluence of the Korana and Kupa rivers. Karlovac has Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic cathedrals and the oldest public library in Croatia. An important railway and road junction, the city has a considerable transit trade in

  • Karlovci, Synod of (orthodox Christianity)

    Eastern Orthodoxy: The Orthodox diaspora and missions: …several attempts at reconciliation, the “Synod” of Karlovci, proclaiming its firm attachment to the principle of tsarist monarchy, refused to recognize any measure taken by the reestablished patriarchate of Moscow. This group transferred its headquarters to New York and became known as the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR).…

  • Karlovitz, B. (Hungarian engineer)

    magnetohydrodynamic power generator: Development of MHD power generators: …the 1920s and ’30s, when Bela Karlovitz, a Hungarian-born engineer, first proposed a gaseous MHD system. In 1938 he and Hungarian engineer D. Halász set up an experimental MHD facility at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation research laboratories and by 1946 had shown that, through seeding the working gas, small amounts…

  • Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic)

    Karlovy Vary, spa city, western Czech Republic. The city lies along the Teplá River where it flows into the valley of the Oh?e River, 70 miles (113 km) west of Prague. The surrounding highland areas were once subject to volcanic activity, which accounts for the thermal springs in the vicinity. Of

  • Karlowitz (Serbia)

    Sremski Karlovci, town in the south-central part of the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. It lies along the Danube River, roughly 9 miles (15 km) southeast of the administrative capital of Novi Sad and on the road and rail routes from Belgrade to Subotica (in Vojvodina) and Hungary. In

  • Karlowitz, Treaty of (Europe [1699])

    Treaty of Carlowitz, (Jan. 26, 1699), peace settlement that ended hostilities (1683–99) between the Ottoman Empire and the Holy League (Austria, Poland, Venice, and Russia) and transferred Transylvania and much of Hungary from Turkish control to Austrian. The treaty significantly diminished Turkish

  • Karlsbad (Czech Republic)

    Karlovy Vary, spa city, western Czech Republic. The city lies along the Teplá River where it flows into the valley of the Oh?e River, 70 miles (113 km) west of Prague. The surrounding highland areas were once subject to volcanic activity, which accounts for the thermal springs in the vicinity. Of

  • Karlsbad Decrees (German history)

    Carlsbad Decrees, series of resolutions (Beschlüsse) issued by a conference of ministers from the major German states, meeting at the Bohemian spa of Carlsbad (now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic) on Aug. 6–31, 1819. The states represented were Austria, Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony, Mecklenburg, Hanover,

  • Karlsburg (Romania)

    Alba Iulia, city, capital of Alba jude? (county), west-central Romania. It lies along the Mure? River, 170 miles (270 km) northwest of Bucharest. One of the oldest settlements in Romania, the site was selected by the Romans for a military camp. The remains of Apulum, an important city in Roman

  • Karlsefni, Thorfinn (Scandinavian explorer)

    Thorfinn Karlsefni, Icelandic-born Scandinavian leader of an early colonizing expedition to North America. His travels were recounted in the Saga of Erik and the Tale of the Greenlanders. Thorfinn must have been given his nickname, Karlsefni, at an early age, since it means “promising boy.” About

  • Karlskirche (church, Vienna, Austria)

    Vienna: Layout and architecture: The Church of St. Charles, a vast structure dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo, was erected just outside the city walls in 1716–39. This Baroque edifice is fronted by a severely classical porch of columns in ancient Roman style, and before it stand spirally decorated twin columns…

  • Karlskrona (Sweden)

    Karlskrona, town and port, capital of the l?n (county) of Blekinge, southern Sweden, on the Baltic coast. Founded by Charles XI in 1680 as a Baltic base, it has been Sweden’s chief naval base ever since. Karlskrona was carefully planned as a city that would reflect Sweden’s grandeur, and it remains

  • Karlson, Phil (American director)

    Phil Karlson, American director who was best known for his film noirs of the 1950s. While studying law at Loyola Marymount University in California, Karlson took a job at Universal in the props department. He soon focused on a career in Hollywood, and in the early 1930s he became an assistant

  • Karlsruhe (Germany)

    Karlsruhe, city, Baden-Württemberg Land (state), southwestern Germany. It lies at the northern edge of the Black Forest, northwest of Stuttgart and just a few miles from the Rhine River. It was once the capital of the former Baden state, and it is now the seat of Germany’s Federal Constitutional

  • Karlstad (Sweden)

    Karlstad, city and capital of V?rmland l?n (county), southwest-central Sweden, on the island of Tingvalla and on the northern shore of Lake V?nern, at the mouth of the Klar River. Originally called Tingvalla after the ting, or meetings of the legislature, that were held there, it was renamed in

  • Karlstadt (Croatia)

    Karlovac, city in western Croatia. It lies southwest of Zagreb at the confluence of the Korana and Kupa rivers. Karlovac has Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic cathedrals and the oldest public library in Croatia. An important railway and road junction, the city has a considerable transit trade in

  • Karlstadt, Andreas Rudolf Bodenstein von (German religious leader)

    Andreas Rudolf Bodenstein von Carlstadt, German theologian and early supporter of Martin Luther who later dissented from Lutheran views by pressing for more extensive reforms in theology and church life. Educated at Erfurt and Cologne, Carlstadt was appointed professor at the University of

  • Karlstein, Philip N. (American director)

    Phil Karlson, American director who was best known for his film noirs of the 1950s. While studying law at Loyola Marymount University in California, Karlson took a job at Universal in the props department. He soon focused on a career in Hollywood, and in the early 1930s he became an assistant

  • Karl?tejn Castle (castle, Karl?tejn, Czech Republic)

    Bohemian school: …school are Charles’s palace (Karl?tejn Castle, near Prague) and St. Vitus’s Cathedral (Prague). The cathedral and parts of Karl?tejn Castle were begun according to routine French design by the Flemish master mason Mathieu d’Arras; when Mathieu died in 1352, the work on both buildings was taken over by the…

  • Karm Island (island, Norway)

    Karm Island, island, southwestern Norway. It lies in the North Sea just north of the mouth of Bokna Fjord. With its principal axis running north–south, Karm Island is about 19 miles (31 km) long and 6 miles (10 km) across at its widest point and has an area of 68 square miles (176 square km). It

  • Karm, Dun (Maltese poet)

    Dun Karm, Malta’s national poet, sometimes called “the bard of Malta,” or “the Chaucer of Malta.” His work has both romantic and classical affinities. His love of nature and his motherland together with his religious sensibility exemplify the former; his fondness for traditional metre (notably in

  • Karma (legendary Indian warrior)

    Karnal: …be derived from that of Karma, a warrior in the ancient epic poem Mahabharata and the town’s legendary founder. Karnal was constituted a municipality in 1867.

  • karma (Indian philosophy)

    Karma, in Indian religion and philosophy, the universal causal law by which good or bad actions determine the future modes of an individual’s existence. Karma represents the ethical dimension of the process of rebirth (samsara), belief in which is generally shared among the religious traditions of

  • karma-mārga (Hinduism)

    Hinduism: Dharma and the three paths: …three paths to salvation: the karma-marga (“path of ritual action” or “path of duties”), the disinterested discharge of ritual and social obligations; the jnana-marga (“path of knowledge”), the use of meditative concentration preceded by long and systematic ethical and contemplative training (Yoga) to gain a supraintellectual insight into one’s identity…

  • Karma-Mimamsa (Indian philosophy)

    Mimamsa, (Sanskrit: “Reflection” or “Critical Investigation”) one of the six systems (darshans) of Indian philosophy. Mimamsa, probably the earliest of the six, is fundamental to Vedanta, another of the six systems, and has deeply influenced the formulation of Hindu law (see Indian law). The aim of

  • Karma-pa (Tibetan Buddhism)

    Bka'-brgyud-pa: Of these, the Karma-pa was, during the 15th to early 17th century, the chief rival of the now-predominant Dge-lugs-pa (Yellow Hat) for the temporal authority of Tibet, while the ’Brug-pa became the main school of Buddhism in Bhutan.

  • Karmah (archaeological site, Sudan)

    Karmah, archaeological site, northern Sudan. It is located near the town of Karmah al-Nuzul, about 30 miles (50 km) north of Dunqulah (Dongola) on the right bank of the Nile above its Third Cataract. An American expedition from Harvard University carried out extensive archaeological excavations

  • Karmal, Babrak (president of Afghanistan)

    Babrak Karmal, Afghan politician who, backed by the Soviet Union, was president of Afghanistan from 1979 to 1986. The son of a well-connected army general, Karmal became involved in Marxist political activities while a student at Kabul University in the 1950s and was imprisoned for five years as a

  • karman (Indian philosophy)

    Karma, in Indian religion and philosophy, the universal causal law by which good or bad actions determine the future modes of an individual’s existence. Karma represents the ethical dimension of the process of rebirth (samsara), belief in which is generally shared among the religious traditions of

  • Kármán’s Vortex Street (fluid mechanics)

    Theodore von Kármán: Early life: …fluid stream, now famous as Kármán’s Vortex Street. The use of his analysis to explain the collapse, during high winds, of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the state of Washington, in the United States, in 1940, is one of the most striking examples of its value.

  • Kármán, József (Hungarian writer)

    Hungarian literature: The period of the Enlightenment: Sentimentalism found its exponents in József Kármán and Gábor Dayka. Kármán’s only work of importance, Fanni hagyományai (1794; “The Memoirs of Fanny”), is a novel of sentiment written in the form of letters and diary entries. Very much on the lines of Goethe’s Werther, the work nevertheless marks an important…

  • Kármán, Maurice von (Hungarian educator)

    Theodore von Kármán: Early life: …third of five children of Maurice and Helene von Kármán. His father, a professor at the University of Budapest and commissioner of the Ministry of Education, reformed the secondary-school system of the country and founded the Minta (Model) Gymnasium, which his son attended, as did the atomic physicists George de…

  • Karmān, Tawakkul (Yemeni women’s rights activist)

    Tawakkul Karmān, Yemeni women’s rights activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her role in leading a pro-democracy protest movement. She shared the prize with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee, who were also recognized for leading nonviolent campaigns for women’s rights and

  • Karman, Tawakul (Yemeni women’s rights activist)

    Tawakkul Karmān, Yemeni women’s rights activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her role in leading a pro-democracy protest movement. She shared the prize with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee, who were also recognized for leading nonviolent campaigns for women’s rights and

  • Kármán, Theodore von (American engineer)

    Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born American research engineer best known for his pioneering work in the use of mathematics and the basic sciences in aeronautics and astronautics. His laboratory at the California Institute of Technology later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • Karmann Ghia (automobile)

    Volkswagen Group: …van in 1950 and the Karmann Ghia coupe in 1955. Sales abroad were generally strong in most countries of export, but, because of the car’s small size, unusual rounded appearance, and historical connection to Nazi Germany, sales in the United States were initially sluggish. The car began to gain acceptance…

  • Karmaprābh?ta (work by Puspandanta and Bhūtabalin)

    Jainism: Canonical and commentarial literature: …two works in Prakrit: the Karmaprabhrita (“Chapters on Karma”), also called Shatkhandagama (“Scripture of Six Sections”), and the Kashayaprabhrita (“Chapters on the Kashayas”). The Karmaprabhrita, allegedly based on the lost Drishtivada text, deals with the doctrine of karma and was redacted by Pushpadanta and Bhutabalin in the mid-2nd century; the…

  • Karmarkar, Narendra (Indian mathematician)

    linear programming: In 1984 Indian mathematician Narendra Karmarkar discovered another polynomial-time algorithm, the interior point method, that proved competitive with the simplex method.

  • karmasthana (Theravada Buddhism)

    Kammatthana, (Pali: “basis of meditation”) in Theravada Buddhist tradition, one of the objects of mental concentration or a stage of meditation employing it. According to Visuddhi-magga (a 5th-century ce Pali text by Buddhaghosa), there are 40 kammatthanas; an individual should choose the object of

  • Karmathians (Shī?ite sect)

    Qarmatian, a member of the Shī?ite Muslim sect known as the Ismā?īlites. The Qarmatians flourished in Iraq, Yemen, and especially Bahrain during the 9th to 11th centuries, taking their name from ?amdān Qarma?, who led the sect in southern Iraq in the second half of the 9th century. The Qarmatians

  • Karmatians (Shī?ite sect)

    Qarmatian, a member of the Shī?ite Muslim sect known as the Ismā?īlites. The Qarmatians flourished in Iraq, Yemen, and especially Bahrain during the 9th to 11th centuries, taking their name from ?amdān Qarma?, who led the sect in southern Iraq in the second half of the 9th century. The Qarmatians

  • Karmazynowy pemat (work by Lechoń)

    Jan Lechoń: …first mature collection of poems, Karmazynowy pemat (“The Poem in Scarlet”), making himself known in literary circles. Whereas that volume dealt with patriotic themes, Lechoń’s focus changed to lyrical poems in Srebrne i czarne (1924; “Silver and Black”). Lechoń was considered a rising star of new Polish poetry. Overwhelmed by…

  • Karmel, Har ha- (mountain ridge, Israel)

    Mount Carmel, mountain range, northwestern Israel; the city of Haifa is on its northeastern slope. It divides the Plain of Esdraelon (?Emeq Yizre?el) and the Galilee (east and north) from the coastal Plain of Sharon (south). A northwest–southeast-trending limestone ridge, about 16 mi (26 km) long,

  • Karmic Mothers—Fact or Fiction? (short story by Atkinson)

    Kate Atkinson: …1993 her short story “Karmic Mothers—Fact or Fiction?,” about two women hospitalized for their suicide attempts and recovering next to a maternity unit, won the Ian St. James Award; the story was adapted for television in 1997.

  • Karmirblur (ancient city, Armenia)

    Anatolian art and architecture: Urartu: …excavation of two fortress cities, Karmirblur and Arin Berd, in Armenia, together with many others in Anatolia itself, has also revealed some unique features of Urartian architecture, including a standard form of temple: a square, towerlike building anticipating the temple-towers of Achaemenian times in Persia.

  • Karmi?el (Israel)

    Karmi?el, (Hebrew: “Vineyard of God”), town, northern Israel, in the Valley of Bet Kerem, on the boundary of Upper and Lower Galilee, just off the main east–west highway from ?Akko (Acre) to ?efat (Safed). One of Israel’s development towns, Karmi?el is the first Jewish town in an area settled

  • Karmuna (Spain)

    Carmona, town, Sevilla provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, southern Spain; it overlooks the Andalusian Plain from its site on a ridge of the Sierra de los Alcores. It originated as Carmo, the strongest town of the Roman province of Hispania Ulterior

  • Karna (Kalachuri ruler)

    Kalachuri dynasty: Central India: The reign of Gangeyadeva’s son Karna (reigned 1041–73) represents a high point in contemporary military adventurism. He consolidated his power in the Varanasi-Allahabad area and undertook large-scale military campaigns in eastern, southern, central, and western India. His successes were short-lived, however, and Kalachuri power declined steadily in the period between…

  • Karnad, Girish (Indian author, actor, and film director)

    Girish Karnad, Indian playwright, author, actor, and film director whose movies and plays, written largely in Kannada, explore the present by way of the past. After graduating from Karnataka University in 1958, Karnad studied philosophy, politics, and economics as a Rhodes scholar at the University

  • Karnag (France)

    Carnac, village, Morbihan département, Bretagne (Brittany) region, western France, near the Atlantic coast, just southwest of Auray. It is the site of more than 3,000 prehistoric stone monuments. The single stone menhirs and multistone dolmens were hewn from local granite, now worn by time and

  • Karnak (Egypt)

    Karnak, village located in Al-Uq?ur mu?āfa?ah (governorate), Upper Egypt, which has given its name to the northern half of the ruins of Thebes on the east bank of the Nile River, including the ruins of the Great Temple of Amon. Karnak and other areas of ancient Thebes—including Luxor, the Valley of

  • Karnal (India)

    Karnal, city, east-central Haryana state, northwestern India. It lies along the west bank of the Yamuna River and is just east of the Western Yamuna Canal. The name is said to be derived from that of Karma, a warrior in the ancient epic poem Mahabharata and the town’s legendary founder. Karnal was

  • Karnal, Battle of (Persian-Mughal history [1739])

    Battle of Karnal, (Feb. 24, 1739). The Battle of Karnal in 1739 was the supreme triumph of Nadir Shah, the great Persian king and military commander. At Karnal, in northern India, the Persians comprehensively crushed the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah’s larger army, going on to sack their capital,

  • Karnāli River (river, Asia)

    Nepal: Drainage: Nepal—the Kosi, Nārāyani (Gandak), and Karnāli, running southward across the strike of the Himalayan ranges—form transverse valleys with deep gorges, which are generally several thousand feet in depth from the crest of the bordering ranges. The watershed of these rivers lies not along the line of highest peaks in the…

  • K?rnan (ancient fortress, Sweden)

    Helsingborg: Of the ancient fortifications, only K?rnan (the “Keep”) has survived. Other notable buildings are the town hall (1897), in North German Gothic style; the concert hall (1931); the 13th-century Gothic-style Maria Church; and an indoor sports centre that is one of the biggest stadiums in Sweden. Museums include Vikingsberg Art…

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