Persian
(4,463 words)

1. History and evolution

With the Arab conquest of Iran in the 7th century and the conversion of a majority of the population to Islam, Arabic came to exert a profound influence on the Persian language. The form of Persian affected was not literary Middle Persian (pårsīk, commonly c…

Cite this page
John R. Perry, “Persian”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 24 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0253>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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