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Arabic al-ʻarabiyyah [alʕaraˈbijːa] or ʻarabī [ˈʕarabiː] or [ʕaraˈbij]) is a Central Semitic language that first emerged in Iron Age northwestern Arabia and is now the lingua franca of the Arab world. It is named after the Arabs, a term initially used to describe peoples living from Mesopotamia in the east to the Anti-Lebanon mountains in the west, in northwestern Arabia, and in the Sinai Peninsula. Arabic is classified as a macrolanguage comprising 30 modern varieties, including its standard form, Modern Standard Arabic, which is derived from Classical Arabic.
  • Classification 

  • History 

  • Classical, Modern Standard and spoken Arabic 

  • Language and dialect 

  • Influence of Arabic on other languages 

  • Influence of other languages on Arabic 

  • Arabic alphabet and nationalism 

  • The language of the Quran and its influence on poetry 

  • Dialects and descendants 

  • Phonology 

  • Grammar 

  • Writing system 

  • Language-standards regulators 

  • As a foreign language 

  • Arabic speakers and other languages