Black People : Origin of the Term Moor?

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  1. tyab14

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    Exercerpted from a piece by James E. Brunson and Runako Rashidi


    Althought scholar generally agree that the word Moor is derived from Mauri, there are profound disagreements on what the word originally meant and how it was applied. Hitti contends that the term Moor has a geographic designation meaning Western. Hitti, the author of the comprehensive History of the Arabs write that:

    The Romans called Western Africa Mauretania and its inhabitants Mauri (presumably of Phoenician origin meaning western), whence the Spanish Moro, and the English Moor. The Berbers, therefore, were the Moors proper, but the term was conventionally applied to all Moslems of the Spain and north-western Africa.

    Using Greek and Roman sources, Snowden has pointed out that Mauri (a northwest African people whose color received frequent notice) were described as nigri (black) and adusti (scorched). The Roman dramatist Platus maintainted that the Latin word Maurus was a synonym for Niger. In contrasting the Moors of the sixth century with another racial group in North Africa, Procopius wrote that tey were not black skinned like the Moors. Isidore, a Catholic scholar and the Archbishop of Seville wrote that the word Maurus meant black.

    What was the term Moor originally meant to describe? Is it a vague term?? What yah'll know about this??
     
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    As far as I know, Moor means Black
     
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    Gerald Massey tried to explain this is one of his books. The word actually comes from the word "Mor" which means Great.

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    One more thing...there are many variations of this word as names suc as Amauri, Mory (As in Mory Kante) and Omari. In fact if one replaces the A in these names with an O it means "Son of" (as it does in scotch/irish who got this from Kemet, according to Irish Pedigrees). So, "Amery" would mean Son of Mery.
    Sound confusing? Thats one reason genealogy research is of importance.
     
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    Does anybody know what language the moors spoke, prior to Arab contact?
     
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    Here is another explanation.

    http://mathildasanthropologyblog.wordpress.com/2009/07/18/who-the-moors-really-were

    If accepting this premise the word comes from "Mahur" meaning "the western lands" or "of the western lands" we must be careful because it could actually refer to...

    http://www.thekeep.org/~kunoichi/kunoichi/themestream/amentet.html
     
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    Omowale Jabali The Cosmic Journeyman MEMBER

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    One more thing...lol.

    There are locations in India such as Mahur and the Mor River.

    These are Eastern "Ethiopians" or what was referred by some as "Ethiopian Moors". Not all "Moors" were Berbers or Arab speaking people. So in terms of "language" these people spoke many languages and numerous dialects.

    Hm...we need to get away from these modern references.

    See...How Black Egyptians Crossed the Ethiopian Ocean.

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    it was my understanding that the term Moor delineated Africans from northern Alkebulan/Africa, beginning from where Libya is today, over to what was anciently named Indus Cush. Upon their traveling they latered spread north into spain and the what is now classified as the middle east. As far as language goes, I believe they were at the forefront of developing the Hebraic language which they created in order to get all countries speaking a similar tongue in hopes to make communication and trading easier...hence the mathematical format for the Hebrew language. I could be off but I think this is pretty accurate. If anyone sees any inconsistencies please expound because I would actually like to know the answer to this question.
     
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    From my readings, I understand that the word Moor is a british word short for Blackamoor. which was dirift from the spanish word Morro. which means muslum. blackamoor means black muslum, from the reagion of northwest Africa. It was a general term, and not ever to mean any group in specific. Moors or Morros were not all from one racial group or culture. but all had converted to islam.
     
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