Apparently, Saudi Arabia has banned 50 names for babies born in the kingdom, citing a variety of reasons including “blasphemous” as reported in the Dubai-based Gulf News. According to the article, the interior ministry of the conservative Islamic kingdom “justified the ban by saying that the names either contradicted the culture or religion of the kingdom, or were foreign, or ‘inappropriate,’”

The ministry published a list that included the popular western girls’ names Linda, Alice, Sandy and Lauren. I could comment at this point, but will refrain.

If you’d like to take a look at the names published in the Gulf News, see below:

  • Malaak (angel)
  • Abdul Aati
  • Abdul Naser
  • Abdul Musleh
  • Nabi (prophet)
  • Nabiyya (female prophet)
  • Amir (prince)
  • Sumuw (highness)
  • Al Mamlaka (the kingdom)
  • Malika (queen)
  • Mamlaka (kingdom)
  • Tabarak (blessed)
  • Nardeen
  • Maya
  • Linda
  • Randa
  • Basmala (utterance of the name of God)
  • Taline
  • Aram
  • Nareej
  • Rital
  • Alice
  • Sandy
  • Rama (Hindu god)
  • Maline
  • Elaine
  • Inar
  • Maliktina
  • Lareen
  • Kibrial
  • Lauren
  • Binyamin (Arabic for Benjamin)
  • Naris
  • Yara
  • Sitav
  • Loland
  • Tilaj
  • Barrah
  • Abdul Nabi
  • Abdul Rasool
  • Jibreel (angel Gabriel)
  • Abdul Mu’een
  • Abrar
  • Iman
  • Bayan
  • Baseel
  • Wireelam

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