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Indonesia
(4,375 words)

Since the arrival of Islam in the Indonesian archipelago, Arabic has been used as a religious language for the basic rituals and for technical instruction of specialists in the religious sciences. It has, however, remained restricted to the religious realm, the major vehicle of contact being Tamil rather than Arabic. Many Indonesian commercial terms bear witness to the influence of southeast …

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Karel Steenbrink, “Indonesia”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 06 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0047>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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