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ARABIC LANGUAGE, TRANSLITERATION OF

Place-names Well-known place-names follow the common anglicized spellings; follow NGS atlas, then the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Omit diacritical marks in text and on page maps though they appear on atlas and supplement maps.

For hyphens with compound place-names, follow the NGS atlas; if the place-name is not in the atlas, omit hyphens both on page maps and in text.

Al, El, or other articles should be used without hyphens and capitalized at the beginning of a name but lower cased in the middle:
            Al Karak
            Al Aqsa
            El Gezira
            Kafr el Sheikh

Personal Names:  Do not use diacritical marks. The preference of the individual should govern the anglicized spelling of a personal name.