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Lives of the Great Languages: Arabic and Latin in the Medieval Mediterranean

Karla Mallette


This book compares two cosmopolitan language systems used for literature, science, and bureaucracy throughout Western Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and Central Asia during the Middle Ages: Arabic and Latin. The cosmopolitan language is no one’s mother tongue. It must be learned as the point of entry to the transregional and transhistorical debates that drive intellectual history. In Western Europe, the modern national languages toppled the cosmopolitan language as literary medium during the late Middle Ages. In other parts of the world, cosmopolitan languages retain their currency ... More

Keywords: Arabic language, Latin language, cosmopolitan language, medieval literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226795904
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226796239.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karla Mallette, author
University of Michigan