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Old 30 March 2015, 06:02 AM
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Origin of "Mafia" is controversial.

Maybe it comes from a last name, maybe from Arab "Mu'afah' " (protect the weaks) or "Mafie" (refuge), maybe from old Toscan Maffia (poverty), maybe as overyonder suggest too.

There is a problem with this rumored acronym origin: Italy as unified country and Italian as language (even more so in Sicily who was under Norman's superiority ) didn't exist in this period (XIIIth century)...
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