I am looking at some old data as part of a project I am doing at school. The current data set I am looking at consists of a bunch of names from Sudan, and I have seen a recurring word (I don’t know if it is a name or a title).
The item in question is the word الشاذلي
The definite article contained in this word is giving me trouble: is it a name, perhaps adopted from a pre- or extra-Arabic culture from Sudan, or is it a title? (The fact that it occurs, typically, as الشاذلي الشيخ doesn’t help.)
I haven’t heard of this particular name before, but it does seem to be a surname in current use. I did a people search for الشاذلي on Facebook and a lot of people have this surname, in Egypt as well as Sudan, from what I saw. It’s quite common for surnames to contain a definite article. I also saw that الشيخ الشاذلي is the nickname for a place in Egypt (but not far from Sudan): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humaithara named after the scholar (and sheikh) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abul_Hasan_ash-Shadhili
I think I’d seen surnames with the definite article الـ but I believe I’ve also seen it in given names (albeit far, far less commonly).
Perhaps the original data was entered inconsistently; rather than it being “اسم) الشاذلي)” as with most names from this particular data set, maybe these particular entries were listed as “الشاذلي (اسم).
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