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Latin America
(3,388 words)

1. Introduction

Arabic speakers have been part of Latin American society since the mid-17th century, when the Syrian Chaldean priest ʾIlyās al-Mawṣilī came to South America on a papal mission. The ties between Iberian and Arab culture date even further back, to the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors, an event that left an indelible impression on Spanish and Portuguese culture, architecture, and language. So it should come as no s…

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Ernesto Capello, “Latin America”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0187>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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