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  1. Abu Mazen is a Kunya. It is a respectable/formal way of calling someone. While using someone’s first name is not disrespectful, but it’s too familiar. Traditionally (and historically) Arabic does not have an equivalent of Mr. that is used in English. While today there is a translation that can be used, but it generally seems awkward to use it especially in daily life. A kunya is generally preferred.

    A kunya is composed of Abu (or Umm for a woman) + the eldest son’s name (or daughter if there is no son).

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