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Imad (also transliterated as Emad, Arabic: عماد‎, IPA: [ʕimaːd]) is a common Arabic male name and surname and means pillar or support.

Given name[edit]


  • Parvis Emad, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at DePaul University

Family origin[edit]

The Imad family is named for al-Amadiyyah, near Mosul in northern Iraq, and, like the Jumblatt Family, is thought to be of Kurdish origin.[1]

Some unconfirmed sources alleged, that the roots of Family Imad ancestors are associated with those of Imad-Ad-Din Zengi (1087; † 1146), who was in turn the Atabeg of Mosul from 1127 until his death in 1146.

Imad as a family name also indicates descent from the originally Druze Feudal Family Al-Imad in the Chouf region of Mount Lebanon.


  1. ^ Origins of the Druze People and Religion, by Philip K. Hitti, 1924