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French from Arabic dialectal qaṭba from Arabic qaṭaba to cut up qṭb in Semitic roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Arabic قصبة (kasabah)
Or those who were wise enough to adapt and start singing about relationships and rocking the casbah.
On Combat Rock, it's credited to "The Clash", but Headon was responsible for most of "Rock The Casbah".
Rock the Casbah is the Clash's most popular and well-known song, except for perhaps "Should I Stay Or Should I Go".
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