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Christian Middle Arabic
(3,222 words)


1. Definition

For methodological reasons, two forms of Christian Middle Arabic are distinguished here, according to the date of the texts written in it: Early Christian Middle Arabic and Late Christian Middle Arabic. Early Christian Middle Arabic refers to the form of Middle Arabic used in texts and/or manuscripts dating back to the 9th or the 10th century. Many of these texts were copied in monasteries of South Palestine, among which the famous monastery of Saint Catherine in the S…

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Jacques Grand'Henry, “Christian Middle Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0055>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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