Thursday, March 8, 2007

English (mis)spellings of Arabic names

Richard over at the Alphabet City blog has a lot of great content about the Anbar "awakening", and has a post with more background linking back to my post with interviews with Shiek Ahmed B. Abureesha, and General Zilmer.

Richard's post brings up an interesting issue, which is the wide variety of English spellings of Arabic names. My spelling of the shiekh's name (Shiekh Ahmed B. Abureeshah) in the interview is from the English side of his business card (see below), while Richard's spelling (Shaykh Ahmed Abu Rishah) and his brother's name (Shaykh Abdul Sattar Abu Rishah) are commonly seen in other media reports.

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Day by Day, by Chris Muir (updated daily)

Chris Muir is the cartoonist that I met in Kuwait. He spent two weeks in Iraq at the same time I was there in February 2007, and so thought it would relevant to showcase his work on my site. Here is a link to Chris' humorous travelogue of this Iraq trip: