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Q: What are the diffrent ways to say "Tribe" or "Family" in Arabic? ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: What are the diffrent ways to say "Tribe" or "Family" in Arabic?
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: needanswers22-ga
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Posted: 12 Dec 2005 12:53 PST
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Question ID: 604925
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

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.
Subject: Re: What are the diffrent ways to say "Tribe" or "Family" in Arabic?
Answered By: rainbow-ga on 12 Dec 2005 14:33 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
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,
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