Monday, 6 August 2007

The enrichment of English by Arabic

Arabic not only gave the west the concept of zero (unknown to the Romans) but has given the English language words many regard as quintessentially English; admiral, arsenal, algebra and of course alcohol. And that's just a few of the 'a's.

Moderate Muslims are now encouraging the use of two further words. Whilst the news services have made us familiar with jihad (holy war) and mujahideen (holy fighters), these friends of humanity and followers of the Prophet (pbih) urge us to use ' hirabah' (waging war against society) and ' mufsiduun' (corrupters or evildoers).

I for one am happy to rise to the suggestion. Hirabah and mufsiduun it will be from now on. Would that the BBC would follow this lead.

4 comments:

Roger Thornhill said...

Arabia did not bring the concept of Zero, nor Algebra, nor "Arabic Numerals" even. All this was created by the Hindu mathematicians of India.

hatfield girl said...

And settee, bungalow, and char are theirs too. India 6 Arabia 0.

Raedwald said...

Yes, I'm afraid I stand wholly corrected. I really must do some serious reading on early Hindu thought.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

What's the message you're trying to get across in your post?