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Tatar

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Author(s): Suzanne Wertheim
Arabic was a superstrate language for Volga Tatar (and the predecessors of the modern Tatar language) for more than one thousand years, with economic and political ties to the Islamic world established well before the Volga Bulgars' early-10th-century conversion to Islam, and the influence of Arabic on the Tatar language was significant. Up until the 19th century, Tatars shared three literary languages with the other Muslims of Russia: Classical Arabic, Classical Persian, and Chagatay. The first…
Date: 2018-04-01