Pre-Islamic Arabic
(7,307 words)

1. The sources for pre-Islamic Arabic

Pre-Islamic Arabic is the cover term for all varieties of Arabic spoken in the Arabian Peninsula until immediately after the Arab conquests in the 7th century C.E. Scholars disagree about the status of these varieties (Rabin 1955). Three different points of view stand out. Some scholars (Nöldeke 1904, 1910; F…

Cite this page
Mohamed El-Sharkawy, “Pre-Islamic Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0269>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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