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10.9.3 South Africa Culture: What is the origin of ``Azania''?




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This article is from the South Africa FAQ, by Scott Hazelhurst scott@cs.wits.ac.za with numerous contributions by others.

10.9.3 South Africa Culture: What is the origin of ``Azania''?

Colin Muller of the Rhodes University Dictionary Unit for SA
English responds:

It seems that 'Azania' was at first a Greek word, probably derived
from the Arabic _Adzan_ (transliterated), a name for East Africa
(_zan_ also appears as a prefix in_Zanzibar_, and as an infix in
_Tanzania_); cf. Arabic _Zanj_ a dark-skinned African.

Detailed description (can be found as:
ftp://ftp.cs.ubc.ca/pub/local/FAQ/african/sa/azania)

 

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