Bʿēri Arabic
(5,133 words)

1. General

Bʿēri Arabic is a variety of Upper Egyptian Arabic spoken on the West Bank at Luxor between Gurnat Marʿi in the north and Armanṭ in the south in a region named ilBiʿeṛāt (see Ramzī 1963:164). The speakers make a living in agriculture and their number is unknown. They claim Bedouin descent from the historically well known Fazāṛa tribe (see Murray 1935:293f.) and call themselves afzaṛ or nās fuzuṛ. Their ancestors are said to have arrived in Upper Egypt from the west following the baʿaṛ ‘dropping…

Cite this page
Manfred Woidich, “Bʿēri Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 21 September 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0043>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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