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Submitted by steve omara (United Kingdom), Nov 29, 2011 at 12:01

O.K. Dhimmi,Your articles are indicative of scholarship in your subject. Please answer these questions. What is the degree of similarity, ancient or modern between Arabic and Hebrew [Ivrit] ?? I ask because it is impossible to get a straight or polite answer from Muslims at a nearby university. Basically,which came first,which is the mother language ,Has the adoption of Islam stultified the original Arabic. Was Picture artistry "allowed" before Mohammed "realised" it offended Allah, unlike convoluted calligraphy which became the norm.

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