(other forms: Ait̲h̲, At̲h̲, At) is a Berber word signifying “sons of”, used exclusively in compound proper names, like Banū and Awlād in Arabic. It is only used however by three groups of Berber tribes: in Algiers by the Kabyles of the Ḏj̲urd̲j̲ura (e. g. Ait̲h̲. Yenni, Ait̲h̲ Iraten); in Morocco by the Berbers of the Central Atlas (Ait Atta, Ait ʿAyās̲h̲), and by those of the Sūs and the Wēd Draʿa (Ait Bū ʿAmran). Elsewhere (in the western Sahara) the words Ida (Ida Bū Akil), or Kēl (Touareg), or also the Arabic words Beni (= Banū) or Oulad (= Awlād) are in use.
Cite this pageBasset, R., “Ait”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 06 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_0480>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936
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