Alawi (name)

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Alawi (Arabic: علوي‎) means "follower of Ali", and is a common surname (and sometimes as a given name) in the Muslim world. In Arab countries occupied by the British Empire, the name is transliterated as "Alawi". In Arab countries that were occupied by the French Third Republic, the name is transliterated as "Alaoui". In South Asia it is usually transliterated as "Alavi" or "Alvi" (see Alavi).



Allawi (Arabic: علاوي‎) is a family name mostly prevalent in Iraq. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Ayad Allawi (born 1945), former Prime Minister of the Iraqi Interim Government
  • Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, former Iraqi Minister of Communications and Member of the Council of Representatives
  • Ali Allawi, former Iraqi Defence and Finance minister


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