• Arabic is the language spoken throughout the Arab world and widely known outside it. Arabic has been a literary language for over 1500 years.
  • The expression ‘Arabic’ may refer either to literary Arabic or to the many spoken varieties of Arabic or ‘dialects’.
  • Literary Arabic is considered by most Arabs as the standard language.
  • Classical Literary Arabic (al-fos-ha ) is both the language of the present-day media and the written language across North Africa and the Middle East, as well as the language of the Koran.
  • The term ‘Modern Standard Arabic’ is another term for Classical Literary Arabic. Arabs make no distinction between these 2 terms.
  • While Arabic is strongly associated with Islam it is also spoken by Arab Christians and Oriental Jews, and Iraqi Mandaeans.
  • The vast majority of the world’s Muslims (such as Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Iran, etc…) do not actually speak Arabic, they only know some fixed phrases of Arabic as used in Islamic prayer.
  • The Arabic language is the 6th most-spoken language in the world out of nearly 6,800 known languages (around 256 million Arabic speakers worldwide).
  • Arabic dialects are the many national or regional languages derived from Literary Arabic and spoken daily from Morocco to Iraq. These sometimes differ enough to be mutually incomprehensible. These dialects are not frequently written although a certain amount of literature exists mainly in Egypt and Lebanon.
  • Middle Easterners can generally understand one another, however they have trouble understanding Moroccans, although the contrary is not true due to the popularity of Middle – Eastern and especially Egyptian movies and music.
  • In general Egyptian and Lebanese are the most widely understood dialects of Arabic.
  • The Arab world comprises 22 countries stretching from Morocco to Oman. They have a combined population of 300 million people and their combined economies surpass $1 trillion annually.
  • The majority of people in Arab countries profess Islam, but sizable numbers of Arab Christians line in Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, and other countries.
  • Arabs make up less than one third of the world’s 1 billion Muslims.

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