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1. The history of Arabic in South Asia

Pakistan is a multilingual country with six major languages (see Table 1) and 69 languages in all (Grimes 2000:588-598). Urdu is the national language, but it is English, the ex-colonial language, which is used in the higher domains of power - government, military, higher education, judiciary, commerce, research and media. 

Table 1: Languages spoken i…

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Rahman, Tariq, “Pakistan”, 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_0244>
First published online: 2019

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