Definition of Arabist in English:


Syllabification: Ar·ab·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈarəbist


  • 1A person who studies Arabic civilization or language.
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    • In casting off Western civilization, Thesiger gained admittance to one of the most elite and self-consciously literary tribes in modern English writing - the British Arabists.
    • He is among the best of the Western reporters now in the Middle East in part because he is an Arabist.
    • Traveller, Arabist, and great Victorian outsider, Burton joined the Indian army in 1842.
  • 1.1A person who supports Arab nationalism or political interests.
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    • However, in a deeply philosophical sense, the actions of both the Arabists in the Arab world and the Unionists in Turkey were an expression of a larger problem: the decay and final disintegration of the Ottoman empire.
    • Napoleon hired a group of Arabs and Arabists who would translate a series of pronouncements.
    • Too bad his analysis is rejected, out of hand, by most Arabists.

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