India
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From the 8th century onward India has had a close association with Arabic. In its classical form, with some regional linguistic features, the language has played a significant liturgical and religio-scholarly role in the subcontinent. It has generally not been utilized for routine communication or other secular functions. Viewed as the sacred language of Islam and the Qurʾān, its primary use is by Muslims, w…

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Tahera Qutbuddin, “India”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0046>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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