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A Linguistic History of Arabic [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Owens

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...highly stimulating read for anyone with interest in the history of Arabic...It deserves a warm welcome. (Clive Holes SOAS)

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A Linguistic History of Arabic challenges the traditional accounts of the progression of classical Arabic to contemporary dialects. It presents a rich and complex picture of early Arabic language history and establishes the basis for a comprehensive, linguistically-based understanding of the history of Arabic. The arguments are set out in a manner accessible to students and scholars of Arabic and Islamic culture, as well as to those studying Arabic and historical linguists.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3882 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (13 July 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000RG181M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new approach to the history of Arabic 10 Jun 2013
By A. H. Mathias Zahniser - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating read.

Owens uses the similarities in widely dispersed contemporary Arabic dialects to hypothesize the nature of the mother language from which the daughter dialects have descended, then it further tests the hypothesis by looking at the early grammatical treatises and the various reading tradition of the Qur'an.

While one cannot adequately prove what the Arabic language was like at the time of Muhammad or during the Arab conquests, Owens makes an importance contribution to the discussion that advances our knowledge.
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