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Alhamijado is the name given to literature written in European languages using the Arabic script. The term is derived from the Arabic word ʿajamiyah ‘foreign, non-Arab’ and was first applied to Romance languages such as Mozarabic and Portuguese during the Islamic rule of the region. Among the Slavic languages, Alhamijado texts are available in Bosnian, Belarusian, and, to a lesser extent, Polish. In Bosnian, the term alhamijado refers to the literature written in the script, while the script itself is known as arebica (compare latinica ‘Latin script’ and ćirilica  ‘Cyrilli…

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Beilinson, Orel, “Alhamijado”, in: Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online, Editor-in-Chief General Editor Marc L. Greenberg, Lenore A. Grenoble. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-6229_ESLO_COM_032646>
First published online: 2020

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