Why Arabic is on cusp of being a global language

Which language will be spoken on Mars when human beings colonise the Red Planet? English? Chinese? Or how about Arabic?

Thanks to European expansionism during the 18th and 19th centuries, an era of global colonialism dominated by Britain, English became the world's dominant language.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 08, 2019, with the headline 'Why Arabic is on cusp of being a global language'. Print Edition | Subscribe