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Paul Wick

Meaning of "Maytham"

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ASA,

 In researching the etymology of the name of Maytham Al-Tammar, the great companion of Imam Ali (AS) I found the following interesting facts:

- His name is Semitic rather than Indo-Iranian in origin, meaning "current water" in Arabic.  However, it has a  Persian folk etymology meaning "camel's hoof" (i.e.  One who walks sure footed like him.)

- at least one author says he was Azerbaijani and something he was Kurdish.  At least one author says he was Azerbaijani and some think he was Kurdish. 

Questions:

 Why would someone who was from one of the Iranian peoples'  have a Semitic name? 

Why in some of our books  does it say that his name should be written with a kasra (Mee-tham)  when literally everybody pronounces it Maytham when reading it in Arabic. ( it would of course be said May-sam in Persian.)

 

 

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