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Title: Egyptian Arabic in the seventeenth century
Subtitle: A study and edition of Yûsuf al-Maghribî's Daf` al-isr `an kalâm ahl Misr
Written By: Liesbeth Zack
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series 199

Dafʿ al-iṣr ʿan kalām ahl Miṣr, “Removing the burden from the speech of the
Egyptians”, was written in 1606 by Yūsuf al-Maghribī (d. 1611), and
provides its readers with valuable information about the Egyptian dialect
used in the 17th century. The work is unique because it was one of the
earliest attempts to study colloquial Arabic. It is a list of Egyptian
Arabic words, which al-Maghribī checked for consistency with Classical
Arabic. His aim was to prove that many Egyptian dialect terms, which were
considered to be “incorrect” Arabic, in fact had their roots in the
Classical Arabic language. Al-Maghribī focused on the words used in daily
Egyptian life, such as the names of tools and utensils and food and drink,
as well as the speech of traders and artisans. These entries are often
adorned by anecdotes and lines of colloquial poetry and therefore, provide
the reader with insight into the culture and daily life of Egypt in this

This volume consists of two parts: the first is a study of aspects of daily
life, the colloquial poetry, the linguistic characteristics of the dialect
of this period, and a glossary of the words which are mentioned by
al-Maghribī and the second includes an edition of the Arabic text, based on
the autograph.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Ling & Literature
Language Description
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Saidi
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789078328735
Pages: 363
Prices: Europe EURO 29.07