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Sinan (Arabic: سنان ‎‎) is a word found in Arabic and Early Arabic, meaning spearhead.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The name might also be related to the Ancient Greek name Sinon. It was subsequently used as a male given name.

It may refer to:


Pre-20th century[edit]

  • Sinon, warrior in Greek mythology who was involved in the Trojan Wars
  • Mimar Sinan (c. 1490–1588), chief architect and civil engineer for three Ottoman sultans
  • Khaled bin Sinan, pre-Islamic prophet
  • Sinan ibn Thabit, Mandean physician, father of Ibrahim ibn Sinan
  • Ibrahim ibn Sinan (908–946), mathematician and astronomer in Baghdad
  • Rashid ad-Din Sinan (died ca. 1193), known as "Old Man of the Mountain", one of the leaders of the Nizari Ismaili community in Syria[7]
  • Atik Sinan (fl. 1471), "old Sinan", Ottoman architect

Ottoman officers[edit]

There were several prominent military and government officers referred to as Sinan Pasha in Ottoman history:

Post-19th century[edit]

Buildings, institutions and places[edit]

Chinese and Korean uses[edit]

The transliteration Sinan (unrelated to the Arabic above) may also refer to:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ P. Marcel Kurpershoek (1995). The story of a desert knight: the legend of Šlēwīḥ al-ʻAṭāwī and other ʻUtaybah Heroes. Leiden: E.J. Brill. p. 382. 
  2. ^ J.M. Rogers (2006). Sinan. London: I.B. Taurus. p. 9. 
  3. ^ J. Milton Cowan (editor) (1994). Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Arabic (fourth ed.). Ithaca, N. Y: Spoken Language Services Inc. p. 505. 
  4. ^ Salahuddin Ahmed (1999). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. London: Hurst & Company. 
  5. ^ S. A. Rahman (2001). A Dictionary of Muslim Names. New Delhi: Goodword Books. 
  6. ^ However, in a footnote Ahmed (1999) explains that سنان means: "'Spear's point, a name of high antiquity'. See Colebrook T. E. 'On the Proper Names of the Mohammadans', Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, XXI, p. 246 (1881)." The connotation thus likely suggests a spearhead: the spear's point—its head.
  7. ^ Esposito, John (2004). The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Oxford University Press.