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This chapter is written by John M. Larsen

The corpus of texts from the Horn of Africa investigated in the present volume evidences a considerable interest in Arabic grammar, as attested by works ranging from the very basic to an advanced level.1 Some of the works have the form of didactic verses, a pedagogical form that – in spite of its purpose – was often obscure and thus attracted numerous commentaries.2 However, the corpus contains no grammatical works with a number of manuscripts or prints on par with, for example, the major works on jurisprudence.3 Thus, the Mulḥat al-iʿrāb is represe…

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“Grammar”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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