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Arabic gave Europe cotton to wear, candy to eat, coffee to drink, chess to play, magazine to read, mattress to sleep on, and sugar to sweeten with. This book is a lucid exposition of these and a host of other Arabic words that have become part and parcel of English and other European languages. It is not a catalogue of words. but a lively discussion based on linguistic evidence, enriched with copious literary quotations and characterized by profound regard and respect for each other’s culture and views.