11 April, 2009

Hadhramout : حضرموت

In Arabic it's spelt حضرموت. And only that. And pronounced Ḥaḍramawt or Hä′dhrä môt′. But spelt in Latin letters, حضرموت has many spelling variations. It is spelt: Hadhramout or Hadhramaut or Hadhramawt or Hadramout or Hadramaut or Hadramawt; some even spell it as Hadhramot or Hadramot. In the Bible, it's called Hazarmaveth. The people of Hadhramout are referred to as Hadhramis or Hadharim. On this site, I use Hadhramaut as I find that spelling most close to the Arabic pronunciation.

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

Whatever the spelling or however it's pronounced, it makes no difference. حضرموت has for centuries past and will always be the one and only حضرموت.