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Encyclopaedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin

Names in Arabic generally consist of five elements: First, the personal name (ism), such as Muhammad, Ali or Hussain, or two names, like Muhammad Ali or Hussain Ali. Second is the formal name, kunya, which denotes a personal relationship of the bearer of name to another person, for example, Abu Muhammad (the father of Muhammad) or Umm Ahmad (the mother of Ahmad). It is a surname in addition to the ism. Third, the patronymic, nasab, indicates the family origin, the name being preceded by ibn (the son) or bint (the daughter), such as Ibn Khaldun, Bint Fatima or Kassim ibn Muhammad. Fourth, the group name, nisba, indicates origin, residence or tribe; for example, al-Harawi (the Herati) or al-Misri (the Egyptian). Fifth, the honorific can be a nickname or title, such as al-Abbas as-Saffah (Abbas, the blood-shedder) or Muhammad al-Haddad (Muhammad, the smith). The readers will find example of the Islamic names with their meaning suggistable for the Shi'a Ismaili Muslims for male and female as under:

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