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Arabic, Hebrew Loanwords in: Pre-Modern Period
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As opposed to the large number of Aramaic loans in Classical Arabic (Fraenkel 1886), specifically Hebrew loans are rather few and for the most part restricted to the Qurʾān (particularly its eschatological portions) and the religious milieu of pre-Islamic Arabia in which that book arose. Most of these Hebrew words probably reached Arabic through the mediation of Aramaic, some from Jewish (and/or Christian) contacts in Northern Arabia and the Fertile Crescent, others less directly via Christian A…

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Hopkins, Simon, “Arabic, Hebrew Loanwords in: Pre-Modern Period”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000386>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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