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Arabic Alphabet for Other Languages
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The Arabic alphabet is employed for a large number of languages other than Arabic, the Semitic language for which it was originally designed. After the use of the Latin script for the written manifestation of many of today's languages, the Arabic writing system has spread far and wide, chiefly due to Islam. Consequently, it is the second most widespread segme…

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Alan Kaye, “Arabic Alphabet for Other Languages”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 25 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0021>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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