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Old 07-31-2007   #4
Lucas W
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During the golden era of the muslim Caliphats - from current Saoudi Arabia to mid Spain. It was then called Al-jabr or the "putting back of pieces". The word slowly turned into Algebra and the science was teached in the university of Cordoba in Spain, from where it spread towards the north, the non muslim parts of Europe. If you know words starting with Al, then it is most likely they orginate from that era and that place.