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1. Introduction

‘Arebica’ (or ‘Arabica’) (-[ts]-) is the most frequently used term for the adjusted version of the Arabic script that was used mainly by Bosnian Muslims to write Bosnian between the fifteenth and the nineteenth century, when Bosnia was part of the Ottoman Empire. In this article, ‘Bosnia’ and ‘Bosnian’ are short for ‘Bosnia and Herzegovina’ and ‘Bosnian and Herzegovinian’.

Bosnia came under Ottoman rule in 1463. The Ottoman Turks brought with them Islam and a modified version of the Arabic script. A significant percentage of the Bosnian p…

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Silje Susanne Alvestad, “Arebica”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_SIM_001003>
First published online: 2011

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