Arabic Musiki < Latin ?

Discussion in 'Etymology, History of languages, and Linguistics (EHL)' started by ancalimon, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. ancalimon Senior Member

    Is the Arabic loan "musiki" inside Turkish a Latin loan inside Arabic? or does it have an Arabic etymology? Are there other words inside Arabic similar to this one related to five senses?
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2013
  2. Treaty Senior Member

    I guess the Arabic mūsīqī is directly (without Latin intermediate) from the original Greek μουσική (mousike) that had originally meant '[the art] of the Muse or mousa (art-patron daughters of Zeus)'. Probably it entered Arabic during the Translation Movement (~800+ AD).
  3. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    Yes, both Latin and Arabic have it from Greek, in the case of Arabic probably via Aramaic.

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