"al-Dīn" style names from Ibn al-Bannāʼ
by Basil Dragonstrike
This list collects all the so-called titles of the form "____al-Dīn"
and similar formations (e.g. al-Dawla instead of al-Dīn). Some of
these come from nasabs, where an ancestor is referred to by his
"title" rather than his ism.
In spoken Arabic, the prefix "al-" is not always pronounced as
written. Specifically, the "a" is elided (that is, not pronounced)
following a word ending in a vowel; also, the "l" is sometimes
assimilated (that is, it is changed to the sound of the following
letter) before "sun letters." Makdisi has changed the spelling of
"al-" to fit the pronunciation throughout his translation. Upon
consideration, I have decided to use the spelling "al-" throughout,
as I believe this is more useful to re-enactors, particularly as the
spelling with "al-" is more common than with it altered.
People in the SCA should note that while this sort of name phrase
used to be considered presumptuous, that is no longer true, and has
not been since October 2020.
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