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Arabic Language
(5,686 words)

The language codified by the grammarians of al-Baṣra and al-Kūfa in the second/eighth century as representing the speech of the pre-Islamic Arabs and the language of the Qurʾān. Ever since, this language has been the one in which most of the Islamic cultural and religious heritage has found expression. Historical, geographical and social varieties closely related to this language…

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Jenssen, Herbjørn, “Arabic Language”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 21 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00015>

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