Vaughn Rasberry, New Lines Magazine, In Search of African Arabic, 30 September, 2021

I missed this article the first time around:

“For more than a millennium, Arabic in Africa facilitated intellectual innovation in fields from mathematics and numerology and astronomy to poetry, theology and jurisprudence. Canvassing this wide Trans-Saharan world, historian John Hunwick calls Arabic “the Latin of Africa.””

This did make me think about the online usage of Arabic and linguistic diversity – it’s not my field, but definitely worthy of investigation.


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