DUBAI: Logical structure to an Arab woman’s name
There is a logical structure to an Arab woman’s name. Take the name of H.E. Minister (a) Lubna (b) bint Khalid (c) Al Qasimi. Her first name (Ism اسم) (a) Lubna is followed by bint, meaning daughter of and (b) the Nasab نسبthe names of one or more ancestors,herfather’s name, Khalid and (c) Al Qasimi, the Nisbah نسبةa family name. An additional fourth name, the Kunya, كنية is recognized as a nickname, used in specific contexts.
Traditionally, Arab Muslim women do not change their name upon marriage, although there are exceptions. The titles Hurma or Hurmat in front of a name mean ‘wife of’: e.g. Hurma Mustafa Muhammad – ‘wife of Mustafa Muhammad’. Ms. Al-Fulani would colloquially be referred to as Umm Saleh, the mother of Saleh. Note that “al” means “the” while “Al” means “family of.”