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|Spoken in:||Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, and Yemen; liturgical language of Islam.|
|Total Speakers:|| Native: between 186 and 422 million|
Non-native: 246 million
|Language family:|| Hamito-Semitic|
|Writing system:||Arabic alphabet, Syriac alphabet (Garshuni) and Bengali script|
|Official language of:||25 Middle Eastern and North African nations|
|Regulated by:|| Syria: Arab Academy of Damascus (the oldest)|
Egypt: Academy of the Arabic Language in Cairo
Iraq: Iraqi Science Academy
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Arabic (اللغة العربية, al-luġatu l-ʿarabiyyah; العربية, al-ʿarabīyah or just عربي, ʿarabī) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. Classified as Central Semitic, it is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic.