Correct usage of Arabic names

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Correct usage of Arabic names

Post by Archived Reply » Tue Jan 01, 2002 8:41 am

Harikrishnan
Poor Harry had parents that had trouble thinking up
a good middle name, so they just put an S on his birth
certificate.
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Correct usage of Arabic names

Post by Archived Reply » Tue Jan 01, 2002 8:56 am

What about a hyphenated Arabic surname? Would I refer to Mahmoud Al Jabar as Mr. Jabar?
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Correct usage of Arabic names

Post by Archived Reply » Tue Jan 01, 2002 9:10 am

Jonathan, a good question as there seems to be some confusion around the AL and EL. AL Jabar means The Greatest/magnificent. You can also use the word as Jabar, but as part of a person's names it comes together. Therefore, you would need to address the person as Mr. Al Jabar. I have seen these types of surnames hyphenated. In Arabic it is all part of one word. I chose to have my surname written out as ELNamer, some of my other family members choose to have a space between the EL and Namer (EL Namer).
Ahmed
3rd of August, 2004

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