China
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Arabic in China has a long history, as a language for economic and cultural exchange and as the religious language of a small but deeply-rooted Chinese Muslim population. Exchanges with ‘Western regions’ have been attested in Chinese sources since 126 B.C.E. and were pursued during the Sassanid Empire. After the fall of the latter in 651 C.E., the Umayyads and Abbasids sent 88 envoys to China, mostly for trade purposes, under the Tribute system favored by the Chinese Empire. During the Tang (618…

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Leila Chebbi, “China”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0015>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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