Before I am criticized for sounding too "subjective", "opinionated" or "etymological", take a look at this question:

"Was Arabic the "Lingua Franca" of the Middle Ages?

If you look at the linguistic map of the Middle Ages, you will see that the Arabic language spread from the Arabian peninsula westward, primarily to North Africa, Spain and even Sicily-(for a few centuries). The Arabic language essentially replaced or pushed aside the older Syriac, Phoenician, Coptic and Berber languages.... (confining some them to secondary linguistic status).

Of course one could make the case that Latin, was the "Lingua Franca" of Western and Northern Europe during the Middle Ages; though Medieval Latin was more of a scholarly and academic language during that time, whereas various Romance and Anglo-Saxon languages were more widely spoken in the towns and cities across Northern and Western Europe.

Yet, Medieval Arabic, was an academic, religious, commercial, political and socially communicated language across the aforementioned lands and countries.

Having said that, was Arabic the "Lingua Franca" of the Middle Ages?

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    You know that you can edit corrections into your question, rather than adding comments? – sempaiscuba Nov 22 '17 at 22:04
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    No. There were several lingua francas in the Middle Ages in particular regions. Arabic was just one of them. Also, while I hate to be the one to break it to you, there's even an online List of lingua francas (on Wikipedia, again). – sempaiscuba Nov 22 '17 at 22:34
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    Fair enough. I did try. VtC as off-topic. – sempaiscuba Nov 22 '17 at 23:09
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    Is there a particular reason you resist editing? Is there some computer type or mode where the edit function is broken? If so please inform us, I'm sure the site people would like to know so they can attempt to correct the issue if possible. – justCal Nov 22 '17 at 23:51
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    But I have noticed on several occasions,such as in this question, you will write an 'I meant to say..." in comments, instead of clicking the edit key under your question and making the change in the body of the question. The comments, when they get long like this series, can get removed by the moderator or site people. Then the changes or clarifications you mention in comments are lost, leaving anyone trying to read the questions confused, wondering what you meant. That's why we have repeatedly suggested for you to edit the question itself. Editing is just part of the process. – justCal Nov 23 '17 at 0:41