Arabic in Spanish, Part I
Arabic is tightly wound up within Spanish, more so than most people know.
For 781 years, from 711 to 1492, all or large parts of modern Spain were under Muslim rule. Al-Andalus, that territory was called.
Now, when Muslim forces took the Iberian Peninsula from the Visigoths in the early 8th century, the Latin that had been brought there in 210 was already evolving into various Romance languages.
In al-Andalus, a set of related Andalusi Romance dialects developed, heavily influenced by Arabic. In the small Christian kingdoms to the…