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North America

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Author(s): Kirk Belnap
Arabic has roots in North America that extend at least as far back as when Muslim slaves were brought from West Africa. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Arab immigrants (largely Christians from Lebanon and Syria) established Arabic-speaking communities, which eventually assimilated. Unrest and difficult economic conditions have resulted in subsequent waves of immigrants arriving from Arabic-speaking countries, as well as even greater numbers of non-Arab Muslims. Arabic is also an importa…
Date: 2018-04-01