How Arabic works

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Tue Feb 9 16:07:44 UTC 2010

The Guardian


How Arabic works


Whether your interests are historical, cultural, religious or economic, there is a lot to be gained from learning Arabic.


Written Arabic has existed for about 14 centuries without major change; its literature is vast and a key to understanding the development of world history. While Europe entered the dark ages after the fall of the Roman empire, Arabic carried the torch of classical learning, and much that we know today in the realms of chemistry, medicine, astronomy and other branches of scientific endeavour would have been lost, were it not for the achievements of Arab scholars and translators.


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