This article is from the South Africa FAQ, by Scott Hazelhurst firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Colin Muller of the Rhodes University Dictionary Unit for SA
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.
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