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Etymology of: Qast’alla Daraj

Discussion in 'Etymology, History of languages and Linguistics (EHL)' started by alwynecat, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. alwynecat New Member

    London, UK
    Polish
    Hello,

    A small village in Algarve is called Cacela Velha. Its name dates back to 10th century when it was a Berber outpost controlled by Banu Daraj family. The village itself is the former Medina of Qast’alla Daraj.

    Now, could anyone tell me what is the meaning of Quast'alla, please?

    Thanks a lot for help!

    alwynecat
     
  2. rayloom Senior Member

    Paris, France
    Arabic (Hijazi Arabic)
    According to this site, it could be derived from (Vulgar) Latin Castella meaning "castle".
     
  3. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    How is it actually spelt in Arabic?
     
  4. rayloom Senior Member

    Paris, France
    Arabic (Hijazi Arabic)
    قسطلة درّاج
     
  5. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    Thanks. The Latin etymology sounds very reasonable.
     
  6. AR-A New Member

    bRHSHC
    قصطلي دارج
     
  7. AR-A New Member

    bRHSHC
    قصطلي دارج or قَصْطَلِي دَارِجْ
     

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