Meaning of AL- in English
Arabic definite article, meaning "the.
" It prefixes Arabic nouns, from which it is generally separated by a hyphen when rendered in Latin script. In Britannica Concise Encyclopedia , entries are alphabetized under the noun the article modifies (e.g., see Azhar University, al- ).
Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Краткая энциклопедия Британика. 2012