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Kunya - definition(s)

Kunya: in Muslim names: as being the father or mother of somebody. Thus Mohammed abu Jamil indicates "Mohammed, father of Jamil". Umm in place of abu means "mother of". Evidently, this indicates that Muslim names change during the life-cycle of the person to a greater extent that with Western names, where the change is usually limited to one at marriage (though this is becoming less common in Western societies).

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