"al-Dīn" style names from Ibn al-Bannāʼ
by Basil Dragonstrike
This list collects all the so-called titles of the form "____al-Dīn"
and similar formations (e.g. al-Dawla instead of al-Dīn). Some of
these come from nasabs, where an ancestor is referred to by his
"title" rather than his ‘ism.
In spoken Arabic, the prefix "al-" is not always pronounced as
written. Specifically, the "a" is elided (that is, not pronounced)
following a word ending in a vowel; also, the "l" is sometimes
assimilated (that is, it is changed to the sound of the following
letter) before "sun letters." Makdisi has changed the spelling of
"al-" to fit the pronunciation throughout his translation. Upon
consideration, I have decided to use the spelling "al-" throughout,
as I believe this is more useful to re-enactors, particularly as the
spelling with "al-" is more common than with it altered.