Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online comprehensively covers all aspects of Arabic languages and linguistics. It is interdisciplinary in scope and represents different schools and approaches in order to be as objective and versatile as possible. The Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online is cross-searchable and cross-referenced, and is equipped with a browsable index. All relevant fields in Arabic linguistics, both general and language specific are covered and the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online includes topics from interdisciplinary fields, such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and computer science.

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(8 words)

see Dialect Koine ; Poetic Koine
Date: 2018-04-01


(3,642 words)

Author(s): Sheila S. Blair
Kufic (Arabic kūfī) is an angular style of script used in early Islamic times for monumental inscriptions and Qurʾān manuscripts. Derived from Kūfa, the city in southern Iraq renowned for its erudition in early Islamic times, the term ‘Kufic’ was introduced to Western scholarship in the late 18th century by Jakob George Christian Adler (1756–1834), a Lutheran cleric from Schleswig who was charged with cataloguing the Qurʾānic material in the Royal Library at Copenhagen. The collection comprised a mere five fragme…
Date: 2018-04-01


(2,936 words)

Author(s): Michael Chyet
1. Introduction Kurdish is an Iranian language spoken in eastern Turkey, northern Syria, northern Iraq, and northwestern Iran, in a contiguous area known by the Kurds as Kurdistan. It is also found in pockets in the Caucasus, and even in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, as well as in central Anatolia and in Lebanon. The number of Kurds is difficult to estimate; the following numbers are sometimes quoted: 12 to 20 million Kurds in Turkey; 6.5 to 8 million Kurds in Iran; 4.5 to 5 million Kurds in Iraq; 1 to 2 million Kurds in S…
Date: 2018-04-01


(4 words)

see Kurdish
Date: 2018-04-01

Kuwait Arabic

(6 words)

see Gulf States
Date: 2018-04-01

Kuwaiti Arabic

(7,154 words)

Author(s): Clive Holes
  1. General 1.1 Area The mainland of Kuwait is a wedge-shaped, almost perfectly flat expanse of desert (17,818 km2) with borders to the north and northwest with Iraq and to the west and south with Saudi Arabia. It has a coastline approximately 195 km in length. There are three principal islands: Failaka, 20 km east of Kuwait City, which once had a small population but has been uninhabited since the Iraqis expelled the population in 1990, and the much bigger islands of Warbah and Bubiyan, at the head of the Gulf, which are uninhabited but on which the Kuwait government has plans…
Date: 2018-04-01