Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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The term Arab as a designation for groups of people in Arabia and adjacent areas is documented continuously from the middle of the 9th century B.C.E. until the present day. Its meaning has changed substantially during this period. Its original etymology is not clear but a suggestion will be presented below. This entry is based on an investigation of the documentation of Arabs in all…

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Jan Retsö, “ʿArab”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0020>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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