Mali
(4,489 words)

In the contemporary Republic of Mali in West Africa, Arabic is not a native language of the largely Muslim population (80–90% Muslims), except for a minority of approximately 1 percent of Ḥassāniyya speakers (www.ethnologue.com). However, Standard Arabic plays an important role in Islamic education and scholarship in Mali, and in this role the language has a long history in the region. Arabic did not spread to the Sahel region of West Africa primarily as the language of Islam, however, but as a language of commercial communicat…

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Dinie Bouwman, “Mali”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 14 August 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_vol3_0085>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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