Arabic Contributions to the English Vocabulary: English Words of Arabic Origin - Habeeb Salloum and James Peters

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Title: Arabic Contributions to the English Vocabulary: English Words of Arabic Origin

Author: Habeeb Salloum and James Peters

Publisher: Librairie du Liban Publishers

Binding: Hardcover 142 pages

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Arabic Contributions to the English Vocabulary is a definitive lexicon detailing the impact of Arabic on the English vocabulary and listing English words of Arabic origin which include about 3000 entries with another almost 4800 derivatives for a total of 7800 English words all of Arabic origin.

English today has thousands of words in all fields of human endeavor which are of Arabic origin: in architecture, agriculture, art, astronomy, commerce, geography, industry, literature, mathematics, mechanics, medicine, music, and physics.

A study of the Skeats Etymological Dictionary indicates that Arabic is the 7th on the list of languages that have contributed to the enrichment of the English vocabulary.

Arabic Contributions to the English Vocabulary will help to break the almost perfect silence that surrounds the Arabic contribution in times past to the science, technology and culture of the West.

 

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