Abdul Alhazred: Let's retroconlang the Mad Arab!
|From:||Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>|
|Date:||Friday, May 19, 2006, 15:18|
I've recently taken an interest in H. P. Lovecraft's work, which as presumably
most here know, contains various alien words and phrases that one might try to
parse into correspondence with the given translation, as has indeed been
previously attempted on this list.
I had something a bit different in mind, however. A recurring name in Lovecraft
is that of Abdul Alhazred, the "Mad Arab" who wrote the infamous
_Necronomicon_. The name, deriving from Lovecraft's youthful infatuation with
the Arabian Nights, isn't a "real" Arabic name, but a made-up Arabic-sounding
one. Now, my idea was, could someone familiar with Arabic suggest a plausible
early-medieval Arabic name that might without too great distortion have been
mutated into "Abdul Alhazred" in European tradition?