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Title: The Adoption of Arabic as a Liturgical Language by the Palestinian Melkites
Author(s): LEEMING, Kate
Journal: ARAM Periodical
Volume: 15 Date: 2003
The survival of many 9th and 10th century Melkite Arabic manuscripts testifies to the presence of a thriving Arabic-speaking community in the monasteries of Palestine in this period. The great variety of texts shows that the spiritual development of these Arabic speakers was well catered for. One category of texts is absent however: no Arabic prayer or hymn book of this period has come down to us. Given this lack of evidence, it is legitimate to wonder to what extent 9th and 10th century Palestinian Melkite monks worshipped in Arabic. The author investigates this question and comes across a manuscript that sheds a whole new light on this case.