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Misunderstanding Why Arabic Does not Have Preeminence in World Religious Meditations

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Jul 21, 2022 at 14:09

This observer learned decades ago that to study the Quran, it must be done in Arabic to gets its basic understanding; this lesson was mandated by Arab speaking scholars and disdain was implicit in their tone for those that did not speak Arabic as the first language. What was obscured for this student of the Biblical narrative about how the ancient languages were transformative to those who survived the orignal onslaught of the rages against the Messianic message by adherents of the Quran was that Arabic did not capture the Messianic message any more than the translations of the Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek texts that were to be replaced by the Arabic Quran. Evidently, learning Arabic became counter intuitive and the Middle East began to replace leaning Arabic by borrowing the alphabet (Persian, Pashto, Turkish, Malay, etc,) and adopting the presentation of the culture without learning the language. This appears to be still so.

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