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Mukhtar (also spelled Muktar, /ˈmʊktɑːr/) meaning "chosen" in Arabic: المختار‎, is the head of a village or mahalle (neighbourhood) in many Arab countries as well as in Turkey and Cyprus.[1][2] The name is given because mukhtars are usually selected by some consensual or participatory method, often involving an election. Mukhtar is also a common name; in Arab countries it is more often a surname (laqab), whilst in non-Arab Muslim countries it is common as a first name (ism).

People named Mukhtar[edit]

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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2010-07-06.