What are the diffrent ways to say "Tribe" or "Family" in Arabic?
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12 Dec 2005 12:53 PST
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I'm looking for the several different words which all mean "tribe" in Arabic. This is for some research I'm doing on language and contexts of words. For example, I know that you might use one work for your family or kin, but another word to address someone in another town but of common religion. The ones i've heard before are Fatka, Ashira/Kabila, Umma. Again, I'm sure those are spelled wrong but hopefully that gives you a sense of what I'm looking for. Please give me the word and the context in which it would be used.
Re: What are the diffrent ways to say "Tribe" or "Family" in Arabic?
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 12 Dec 2005 14:33 PST
Hi needanswers22, The following words mean tribe in Arabic: ashira, qabilah, ameerah Historically, in Arabic, a tribe means a family with hereditary roots. And there are words in Arabic that mean family, but can be interpreted to mean tribe. Here are some: family: ailah, fasilah, usrah, ahl people: sha'b, nas, kawm, umma (nation) group of people: jama'ah, zumrah race: irriq clique: isbeh relative (singular): qarib, naseeb Search strategy: Personal knowledge of the Arabic language. I hope this is helpful. Best wishes, Rainbow
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