Supplymant Arabic Yaqut Al-Hamawi in his Book "The Common of Similar Countries in Name and the Countries Which Share in the Same Name and Different Places" / Study in Common Geographical Countries in the Levant

Discussion Committee: 
Prof. Yahya Abdel Rauuf Jabr/supervisor
Prof. Hasan Selwadi/external examiner
Dr. Sa'eed Shawahneh/internal examiner
Dr. Ahmad Ra'fat/internal examiner
Prof. Yahya Abdel Rauuf Jabr/supervisor
Obada Jamal Abu Muhssin
The research investigates the commonality of the names of the countries located in the Levant. They are four countries as they stand today: Jordan, Syria, Palestine, and Lebanon. The researcher targets the names of Levantine countries documented in new and old glossaries/dictionaries of countries such as Yaqout Al-Hamawi’s glossary, Hussein Ali Lubany’s Dictionary of the Names of Palestinian Towns and Villages: Linguistic Import, plus Historic and Geographical Features and others. Furthermore, the researcher has incorporated names and data retrieved from maps and leaflets published by the geographical centers in those countries. Nevertheless, the researcher does not aim at mere accumulation nor does he intend on turning this study into a statistical one. Rather, location grouping is exclusive to countries of similar names but of different locations. Names are ordered alphabetically in the dictionary of pronunciation of names of countries and places, which has the same title as Yaqout Al-Hamawi’s: "The commonality of names of countries with different locations”. This study is a continuation of and builds upon Yaqout Al-Hamawi’s accomplishments in his aforementioned book; hence the same titling. The researcher conducts a geographical linguistic study by exploring the dimensions of the relation that holds between Language and Geography, pertaining to the many common geographical names of countries in the Levant that are worth investigating. Yaqout Al-Hamawi already tackled this phenomenon in his book: "The commonality of names of countries with different locations,” and he has listed a reasonable number of these common geographical countries. However, his study was partial and wanting as not all but only some of the common geographical countries were mentioned. Moreover, he provided no explanation of the reason behind this interesting commonality of naming, despite the diverse geographical distribution of those countries. Yet, his efforts are laudable and this study is but an extension of what Al-Hamawi had done in his famous work.
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