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According to historian Norman Davies, what Arabic proper noun caused the coining of the Spanish word olé?




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Answer: Allah

According to Davies in his book Europe, the word olé derives from the proper noun Allah and is thus a vestige of Islamic Spain. However, I could find no other source that supported this.

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