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Arabic is spoken by almost 200 million people in more than twenty two countries, from
Morocco to Iraq, and as far south as Somalia and the Sudan. Arabic language originated
in Saudi Arabia in pre-Islamic times, and spread rapidly across the Middle East.

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The following is a list of some arabic TV and Radio stations from around the world.
Please Notice in order to get access to any site below you will have to use
RealPlayer, Sometimes these sites are down for some reason, I AM NOT
RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERROR MESSAGES YOU GET!
 
Also, click on the link to download Arabic Songs.
Note that these songs are in MIDI format.

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The Arabic and Phoenician alphabets, along with several other alphabets, are
based on an early model called the North Semitic. The Phoenician alphabet was
adapted by the Greeks, then the Etruscans and Romans, and eventually became
the Western alphabet as we know it today.

The Arabic alphabet contains 18 letter shapes, by adding one, two, or three dots to
letters with similar phonetic characteristics a total of 28 letters is obtained. These
contain three long vowels, while diacritics can be added to indicate short vowels.
Right: The shape of these letters
changes depending on their
position in the word, whether isolated;
in the beginning of the word (initial);
in the middle (medial); or at the
end (final).

Top: With the increasing number of
non-Arab Muslims, there was a
greater need for facilitating reading and
learning of Arabic. Since several
letters of the Arabic alphabet share
the same shapes, and since vowels are
not clearly indicated, some reform was
needed to avoid confusion, and a system
of letter-pointing, and vowel indication
was developed.
Although early Arabic sources mention several calligraphic styles in reference to the
cities in which they were used, they generally fit into two broad categories with some
minor variations, these are the "dry styles," and the "moist styles." Click on the
following link to download some Arabic Fonts.
On the right half of
the picture you can
see some samples of the
"moist styles."
On the left half of
the picture you can
see some samples of the
"dry styles."
All of them have
the same meaning:
"In the Name of Allah,
The Beneficent,
The Merciful."
Finally, The following is an example of an Arabic sentience and its meaning in English:

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