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African Muslim Names

by Sharifa M. Zawawi - £16.99  Africa Research and Publications (1998)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780865435735 | ISBN 10: 0865435731

A name reflects and reinforces an identity both when it is given and when it is changed. African Muslim Names discusses the social and cultural significance of proper names. It explains how names are chosen for newborns in African societies and the values they represent. In these days of mounting interest in identity and culture, many Muslim Africans, African-Americans and others wish to know the meanings of the names they choose so that they refelct their aspirations for their children and themselves.
 
The names found her come mainly from Hausa-Fulani and Kiswahili - the two major languages spoken by millions of people throughout the African continent. Sharifa M. Zawawi draws on history, linguistics, anthropology and religion to provide a study of Muslim personal names in the context of family relationships, adoption, marriage, conversion and social movements.
 
The book also contains an A-Z list of Swahili Muslim male and female names, and their meanings.

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