Arabic Words in English

Arabic Words in English

ALCHEMY and CHEMISTRY (الكيميـــــــــاء.) ALCOHOL (الكُحُـــــــــول.)  ALGEBRA (الجبــر: More on the eponymous founder of Algebra as an independent mathematical discipline here.) ALGORITHM (خوارزم: More on the eponymous founder of algorthimics here.) ALKALINE (القلوي: Meaning “non-acid, basic.”)  ALMANAC (المنــــــاخ: Literally meaning “climate”) CIPHER (صِفـــــــــــــــــــــــــــر: The term “cipher” is now mostly applied in cryptography—see الكَندي/Al-Kindi’s work.) ELIXIR (الإكسيــــــــــــــر: Something like a “syrup”—also an Arabic term, possibly borrowed from Persian.)  NADIR (نظيـــــــــــــر: It […]

Arabic Phrases for Beginners

Arabic Phrases for Beginners

The most common greeting in Arabic is the phrase “as-salaamu Aalaykum” which means literally “may peace be upon you”. And the most common reply is “wa Aalaykum as-salaam“, which means literally “and upon you peace”. But as you see in the above phrases, to learn a language, you have to learn its culture, because literal […]