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Arabic is the Classical Arabic language of the 6th century and its modern descendants. Arabic is spoken in a wide arc stretching across the Middle East, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa by as many as 420 million speakers (native and non-native) making it one of the half dozen most populous languages in the world. It is one of six official languages of the United Nations.
The modern written language (Modern Standard Arabic) is derived from the language of the Quran (known as Classical Arabic or Quranic Arabic). Modern Standard Arabic largely follows the grammatical standards of Quranic Arabic and uses much of the same vocabulary. However, it has discarded some grammatical constructions and vocabulary that no longer have any counterpart in the spoken varieties and adopted certain new constructions and vocabulary from the spoken varieties. Much of the new vocabulary is used to denote concepts that have arisen in the post-Quranic era, especially in modern times.
Classical Arabic is the language of the Quran and so is closely associated with the religion of Islam, but it is nevertheless also spoken by non-Muslim Arabs. Most of the world's Muslims do not speak Arabic as their native language, but many non-Arab Muslims can read the Quranic script and recite the Quran. Among non-Arab Muslims, translations of the Quran are most often accompanied by the original text.