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a person who specializes in or studies the Arabic language or culture.
a supporter of interests, especially in international affairs.
Contemporary Examples

The only Arabist with real knowledge of the country was a holdover from the previous administration.
‘The Endgame’ Is A Well Researched, Highly Critical Look at U.S. Policy in Iraq John Barry September 24, 2012

It’s a memoir of growing up as the son of an itinerant Arabist foreign service officer.
The Daily Beast’s Favorite Books of 2010 The Daily Beast December 17, 2010

a student or expert in Arabic culture, language, history, etc


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