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Dialects
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Different forms of the Arabic language (q.v.). Commentators on the language of the Qurʾān, both medieval and modern, often turn to dialectal material as a relevant source for understanding the contents and linguistic background of the sacred text (see exegesis of the qurʾān ). Already in the earliest sources treating of dialectal forms (dating back to the end of the second/eighth century), which were produced within the context of qurʾānic exegesis and the description of the Arabic language, the word lugha denotes not only language variants but also dialectal forms, i.e. t…

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Talmon, Rafael, “Dialects”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00117>



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