Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Watch: Spanish and Arabic are more similar than you think

“Spanish and Arabic are two of the most widely-spoken languages on Earth.

Most historians know these two languages share substantial history. The Arabic-speaking Moors conquered and ruled the Iberian Peninsula, including modern-day Spain and Portugal, for nearly eight centuries. Their control began in 711 and didn’t end until the fall of the Emirate of Granada in 1492 (the end of the “Reconquista”).

Over the course of those centuries, Arabic heavily influenced the Spanish language—but many of us are unaware of the extent of that influence today.”

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