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Old civilizations are not conjured away

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in response to reader comment: Excellent investigative work, DNM!

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Dec 18, 2012 at 08:51

Motke wrote

Excellent investigative work, DNM!It's a joy reading your posts!

Thank you very much and I was indeed very happy to see that in Israel Christian kids can learn Syriac and I do believe that Syro-Aramaic is the mother language of them all and it is the real connection as well as Hebrew to the past that was vandalized by the Arabs and their imperialism

BTW, I see that you write "يابني", as one word.There's no space between your "يا" and the word following it. I've seen it in other places on the internet that people don't type a space. Is this the way to write يا? My book doesn't tell. (BTW, is this related to people writing ماني as one word instead of ما أني ?)

You are very correct that it should be ya ibni or ياابني instead of يابني but this is also good Arabic but what is most amazing here is that the form of the word without the alif (as in the case of the Quranic word bism بسم should really be باسم) but in both cases yabni v. ya ibni and bism v. bi Ism is really a reflection of the Syriac forms of these words which is called lafz murakab so the more one digs in Arabic in the Levants the more you can see the Syriac in it and in the case of Egypt the more you dig in the names of places the more you can see the Coptic/Egyptian behind it (case in point is the name of the city of Qift v. Coptos) and if you follow the news from Egypt most of the villages where there were sectarian fights between Copts and Muslims have very clear Coptic/Egyptian names as in KashH and Atfeeh and Sohag and Minyya and Assuit and Armant and Esna and Edfu and Beba and all of these are clearly non Arabic names

Again old civilizations are not conjured away

As for Gaza: which language exactly this name originates in is a futile discussion. We find this root in Akkadian already: ezēzu, ezzu.

This very well could be true but the questions here were very different

1. Gaza is not an Arabic word so what is the etymology of this word and the answer here is clear it is either from Syriac or Greek and most likely from Syriac

2. And how about the letter ghain and the answer here is Greek and Syriac geem becomes Arabic ghain

(I hope my links work in this post. The editing box here is cumbersome.)However, there isn't any assurance the city's name indeed comes from this root, or from Semitic origin at all. If it's indeed the origin then the Arabs ought to have used ع instead of غ.

Not really the Syriac and Greek letters gamal and gamma are Arabized as ghian not ayn

=BTW, many, if not most, Palestinian towns/cities bear names that make absolutely no sense in Arabic. These names are sabotages of the Hebrew or Roman names. Few Palestinian towns (e.g. رام اﷲ) have Arabic origin to their names.

And the same thing is also in Egypt and Lebanon

I hope I helped.

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