Oratio II de lingua Arabica
‘Second oration on the Arabic language’
Thomas van Erp
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…