is a Central Semitic language that was first spoken in Iron Age
northwestern Arabia and is now the lingua franca
of the Arab world
In classical Arabic and in the other classical languages of Islam there are no pairs of terms corresponding to lay and ecclesiastical, spiritual and temporal, secular and religious, because these pairs of words express a Christian dichotomy which has no equivalent in the world of Islam.
Encyclopedic article on Arabic
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