AD1, on Aug 7 2010, 10:08 PM, said:
Hi Judy, it is a great name and it means "leader" or "pioneer". Eastern Arabs (Arabs of Mashreq) may be Levant Arabs and sometimes Egyptians are included in the group if you look at Mashreq from Morocco or Algeria.
I know students of Arabic are sometimes given Arabic names and some of these names are fascinating and quite uncommon.
Thanks, again, AD. Actually, it is a very special name as it was given to me by Palestinians in an Ashbal (sp?) camp in Jordan when I was visiting the Masreq countries as a journalist. My study of Arabic was subsequent to that visit.
By the way, I have a friend who is Lebanese who is trying to find out the names of the town where here relatives come from in Lebanon. All she knows is that it is in the mountains and, as she recalls, it sounds like "Taha Boora" (with a deep, gutteral H -- haa). Does that name ring a bell for you? Would you know where it is in Lebanon?
I am a little embarassed by the name, although I can also relate to it. After it was given to me, I got lost with an Iranian partner hiking in the "steppes" of Northern Iran and was able to lead us out with the help of the moon and the stars. So perhaps there is some truth in it if I am able to fully accept it.