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 Oratio II de lingua Arabica
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Oratio II de lingua Arabica

‘Second oration on the Arabic language’

Thomas van Erp

Date: 1620

Original Language: Latin


Erpenius delivered the second oration in Leiden on 5 November 1620. It is devoted to the study of Arabic and how it should be taught, though Erpenius also touches on Islam and Muslim-Christian relations.

Erpenius starts with a description of Arabia and ‘its most distinguished Ishmaelite state, that of Quraysh, which has its capital at Mecca’, ‘a mar…

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Wiegers, Gerard, “ Oratio II de lingua Arabica”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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