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The history of the Italian territory bears a certain resemblance to that of the Iberian Peninsula because both were occupied by Arabs at the time of their expansion. The Arab influence was most strongly felt in Sicily, which was conquered in 827 and remained under Arab rule until some years after the fall of Palermo to the Normans in 1071. The effect of Arab civilization in Italy was much smaller than in Spain, and, accordingly, the number of Arabic loanwords is much smaller. A number of Arabic …

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Guido Cifoletti, “Italian”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol2_0036>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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