Names and Naming Practices - Introduction - Middle Ages
(2,054 words)

Jewish names and naming patterns can be used as tools for describing Jewish demographic, economic, social, and cultural history. The formation of Jewish names in the medieval Islamic world followed many Islamic naming patterns. Individuals had both personal names and family names. The personal name (Ar. ism) was often supplemented or replaced in common parlance with a by-name (Ar. kunya). The ism was also often followed by a pa…

Cite this page
Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman, “Names and Naming Practices - Introduction - Middle Ages”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 27 May 2018 <>
First published online: 2014

▲   Back to top   ▲