Does anyone know the etymology of الزمالك, the island neighborhood in Cairo? According to various online "sources", it is either a Turkish (zemlek), Albanian (zomlok), or Kurdish word with the meaning of "straw huts". However, I've been unable to find the word in any Turkish, Albanian, or Kurdish dictionaries that I've looked at. Does anyone know the source of this name and have reference to an authoritative source (not just a blog)? Thank you.