The Global Significance of Arabic Language and Literature


Correspondence address: Carl W. Ernst, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. E-mail:


Though often identified with the Arabs and the Islamic religious tradition, Arabic language and literature has enjoyed widespread popularity for over a millennium among numerous different peoples, including not only Muslims but also Christians and Jews. This article explores a number of key examples that demonstrate the global impact of Arabic language and literature. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd