(3,995 words)

1. Definition

Indonesian and Malay (officially known as Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia) contain hundreds of loanwords of Arabic origin. Many early loans came via intermediary languages influenced by Persian, if not Persian itself, while recent loans come directly from Arabic. Most of the loanwords are connected in som…

Cite this page
Stuart Campbell, “Indonesian/Malay”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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