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The name of the ant and the call to holy war:

Al-Ḍaḥḥāk b.Muzāḥim’s commentary on the Qurʾān

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Kees Versteegh

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Kees Versteegh

Abstract

This paper deals with the question in what way Sībawayhi’s Persian background affected his linguistic approach. In the absence of any direct information from the Kitāb on his views about Persian, the only available data are the three chapters on Persian loanwords. When we compare Sībawayhi’s treatment of Persian loanwords with that of al-Ḫalīl, it turns out that his approach was slightly different: while al-Ḫalīl (and most later grammarians) focused on procedures to identify Persian loanwords, Sībawayhi was interested in the way these loanwords were adapted to Arabic phonology and morphology. This may have been an indirect effect of his familiarity with Persian.