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Arabic Language and Literature

Aida Bamia

in African Studies

ISBN: 9780199846733
Published online October 2013 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199846733-0125
Arabic Language and Literature

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There is a general tendency to confuse Arab and Muslim identities. While the majority of Arabs are Muslim, most Muslims are not Arabs. There are also non-Muslim Arabs. The first Arab conquests aimed at spreading Islam caused the Arabs to settle outside the Arabian Peninsula, extending their control over the Levant, North Africa, Mesopotamia, and the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula. The military conquests contributed to a gradual process of Arabization, even among non-Muslims. While all Muslims are required to pray in Arabic, they use their native languages to communicate among...

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Subjects: African History ; African Languages ; African Music ; African Philosophy ; African Studies

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