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Presentation by Mahmoud al-Batal

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In this lecture Professor Mahmoud Al-Batal of Emory University discusses the connection between Arabic and Islam, its use as a religious language, and the fact that Muslims view it as a sacred language. He also discusses the importance of this connection in relation to the spread of the language and the degree to which this status has kept the language from radical change. He also discusses the varieties of Arabic, the continuum between the classical Qur’anic language and the dialects, and how Arabs communicate across dialects. Finally, he touches upon the role of satellite television in facilitating comprehension throughout the Arab World.

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