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Ibtidāʾ is the term used in the Arabic grammatical tradition for the commencement of an utterance by putting a noun in the initial position. The notion of ibtidāʾ is used in two main domains of the Arabic language sciences, grammar and Qurʾān reading. In grammar, it is used in governance (ʿamal) theory and in sentence grammar (naḥw al-jumal). It is an ambiguous notion that was much disputed in the Arabic grammatical tradition. Wh…

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Chakri Iraqi-Houssaini, “Ibtidāʾ”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 11 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0042>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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