by Basil Dragonstrike
I have, for some time now, gathered lists of names from various
Arabic works, such as The
Travels of Ibn Baṭūṭṭa, the
Diary of Ibn al-Bannāʼ, An
Arab-Syrian Gentleman and Warrior in the Period of the Crusades:
Memoirs of Usāmah Ibn-Munqidh,, The
Travels of Ibn Jubayr, and a random selection from The
Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition.
Lists of names aren't the only things I've written. I've written
articles relating to amateur onomastics and Arabic names. I've
collected them here, and this page has the links to those articles.
NB: I'm constantly writing more articles (as well as collecting more
names), so this page will change from time to time.
for Onomasts: Some Notes -- A collection of notes and
information I've picked up in the last dozen-plus years, written to
help amateur onomasts with an interest in Arabic names.
Bi-: "Known As" in Arabic Names -- An article on "alias names"
(what the SCA calls "dictus names") in Arabic names.
Names -- An article on "Titular Names"; i.e., names of the
form _____ al-Dīn, _____ al-Daula, etc., showing they are not, as
often imagined, solely the gift of khalīfas, sulṭāns, and such.
Arabic Name Formation Patterns from Various Sources -- All the
formations of Arabic Names I've been able to find.
Kunyas for the Childless -- An article on kunyas
used by people who did not, in fact, have a child. This is separate
from the issue of "metaphorical kunyas".
Double Locative Bynames in Arabic -- An article on people
known as "from" more than one place, with notes on the various
formations used for double locatives.
Multi-piece Nasabs -- An article on those persons whose
string of nasabs includes a predecessor or predecessors
known by more than one name element.
White Thread, Black Thread - - what does it really mean, to "tell a white thread from a black thread"? It's not what you may think!
Names -- A group of articles on names that present difficulties to amateur onomastist, or are just odd and interesting.
More will be coming, over and over.
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