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Sinai Arabic
(7,579 words)


1. General

1.1 Geographical

Wedged between North Africa and southwestern Asia lies the Sinai Peninsula. Through the ages, the area has served as a land bridge between the two continents, and across it Islam and the Arabic language were spread to Africa by Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula.

The most populous region of the Sinai Desert is its northern littoral. The central plain of at-Tīh and the mountainous region of the south (aṭ-Ṭūr) are only thinly populated. The majority of …

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Rudolf de Jong, “Sinai Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 16 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0309>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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