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Ibn Jinnī (d. 392/1002) defines grammar (naḥw) as follows: “It is to follow the way the Arabs speak… so that the non-Arabs might have access to the Arabs' faṣāḥa” (Xaṣāʾiṣ I, 34). More than a thousand years later, written Arabic is still called al-luġa al-fuṣḥā. This shows how the notion of faṣāḥa is an essential component of Arab language thinking.

The root f-ṣ-ḥ is ve…

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Georgine Ayoub, “Faṣīḥ”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0014>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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