Why do Muslims in South Asia use pre-Islamic Persian or Iranian names, but not pre-Islamic Sanskritic names?

Aupmanyav

Ad Honorem
Jun 2014
4,990
New Delhi, India
#31
why sikh use parsian name? sardar khalsa and almost all sikh mythology is in persian. sikh actress name is shehnaz kaur gill , fateh singh and whatnot
Mythology and scriptures can be written in any language. Bible and Quran are available in all languages. Similarly Ramayana, Bhagawat and Gita have been written in Urdu and possibly Farsi also (Dara Shikoh). Some of the names have been adopted by Hindus. Names like Iqbal Narayan vis-a-vis Iqbal Mohammad and Ram Baksh like Imam Baksh.
 
Feb 2019
2
Paradip, Odisha
#32
The names are changed to show that they are different. Along with religion change, a yearning to belong to the 'Culture' develops. Some Chrsitians in AP/Telengana use Hindu names to get the reservation quota. Bangladeshi Muslims do use Bengali names quite often, sometimes only the surname shows the religion.
 
Feb 2019
29
Mumbai
#33
Mythology and scriptures can be written in any language. Bible and Quran are available in all languages. Similarly Ramayana, Bhagawat and Gita have been written in Urdu and possibly Farsi also (Dara Shikoh). Some of the names have been adopted by Hindus. Names like Iqbal Narayan vis-a-vis Iqbal Mohammad and Ram Baksh like Imam Baksh.
There will always be exception, but by and large Muslims will rarely use sankritic names and always prefer islamic ones. As mentioned by another poster too, even persians stopped using persian names during the initial stages of islamization, most persian scientists were are known to us by their arabic names.

Sikhs often use both sanskritic and persianized names indicating how both sufism and hinduism impacted sikhism.
 
Jun 2012
7,037
Malaysia
#34
And it is not so much "discrimination" as they think they could do better with a.less different sounding name. Many oHollywood actors and actresses changed their names from more obvious ethnic ones to more typical English sounding names. The actor Charles Bronson was originally Charles Dennis Buchinsky.
But this was only way back in 60s & 70s. Kirk Douglas (Russian) was originally Issur Danielovitch Demsky. Tony Curtis (Lithuanian) was Bernard Schwartz.

Now, times hv changed. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austrian), Sylvester Stallone (Italian), Dolph Lundgren (Swedish) & Jean Claude Van Damme (Belgian) never needed to change their names.
 
Feb 2019
36
Ariaca
#35
The discrimination doesn't have to be real, only perceived to exist. And even is the vast majority of Hindus are ok, there is still are the few out there like the ones in the Gujarat riots. To avoid confrontation with even the few, some will change their names. Even if the problem is with just a minority is incentive enough.

And it is not so much "discrimination" as they think they could do better with a.less different sounding name. Many oHollywood actors and actresses changed their names from more obvious ethnic ones to more typical English sounding names. The actor Charles Bronson was originally Charles Dennis Buchinsky.
Since you are throwing Gujaratriots around alotr I must tell you that riots happened because Muslims first burned a train with Hindu pilegramages in godhra.

learn history of incident before post it in almost every thread, it like me blaming white people for killing 6 million Jews in WW2 alone in every damn thread.
 
Apr 2015
4,052
India
#36
This is obviously a generalization as Muslims have lived in India generally in peace for generations but there are accounts of Muslims changing names in order to advance their careers (Indian Muslims pose as Hindus to get jobs). In fact one of the best examples from the Bollywood you just mentioned is star Dilip Kumar (born Yusuf Khan).
Not everyone took Hindu names. Dilip Kumar's wife Saira Bano never used Hindu name to advance in her career. Similarly, Mahmood also never had to use any Hindu name but ended up the top comedian of the Bollywood even earning more than the lead actor in a movie. Kader Khan became topmost favoured for villain roles in bollywood by 1970s. Infact, even Hindu actors took different names to shine their career in Bollywood.
 

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