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date: 19 August 2022

Arabic words 

Source:
Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins
Author(s):

Julia Cresswell

When the classical civilizations in the West declined in the early Middle Ages it was left to the flourishing cultures of the Islamic world to preserve and expand on the knowledge of the classical world. At the same time the area ruled by Arabic overlords expanded rapidly, with much of Spain governed by Islamic rulers, while at the height of its power the Ottoman Empire controlled much of Eastern Europe as well as North Africa, many Mediterranean islands, and the Middle East. As a result, many of our basic scientific terms and Eastern trade goods have Arabic origins, often mediated through Spanish or Italian.... ...

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