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This index of the book The Arabic Script in Africa contains a list of terms of Arabic scripts in different African countries and abbreviations used in the book. The book focuses on the use of Arabic script in Africa, and in particular on how Arabic script has been used to write African languages other than Arabic. It deals with African languages belonging to all major linguistic phyla of Africa but one (Khoisan), from all geographic areas of Africa (North, West, Central, East, South Africa), both in situ and ex situ (the Americas). The book also focuses on linguistic aspects of the contents and contexts of these writing traditions. It deals with linguistic, grammatological, sociolinguistic, and historical aspects of the emergence and the past and present usage of these traditions, with an emphasis on the sociolinguistics of writing.

Keywords: African languages; Arabic scripts; grammatological aspect; sociolinguistics; South Africa



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