A Dictionary of Muslim Names
Divided into male and female sections, this dictionary provides an alphabetical listing of Muslim names in both English and Arabic. Each name has a description of its origin and meaning as well as an indication of whether the name is derived from Arabic or Persian.
In a well-known hadith, Muhammed advises Muslims that, ‘On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and the names of your fathers; so keep beautiful names.’ Inspired by the teachings of Islam, names fulfill the cherished ambitions of a true Muslim. In A Dictionary of Muslim Names, Salahuddin Ahmed provides a helpful and substantive guide to common and less-common Muslim names. This lively and informative dictionary lists the original Arabic, Persian, or Turkish spelling, as well as a precise English transliteration. The names’ meaning and bearing on Islamic heritage or world history are referenced, along with historical figures who bore the name — an Imam, a Sultan, a saint — and accompanying illustrations.
Salahuddin Ahmed is Visiting Fellow in Law at the University of New South Wales and a Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court, New South Wales, Australia.