A War of Words

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Juni 2004



Yasir Suleiman considers national identity in relation to language, the way in which language can be manipulated to signal political, cultural or historical difference. As a language with a long-recorded heritage spoken by the majority of peoples in the Middle East, Arabic is a particularly appropriate language to study and provides a penetrating means of exploring the conflicts of the Middle East.


1. Introduction; 2. Language, power and conflict in the Middle East; 3. When language and dialects collide: standard Arabic and its 'opponents'; 4. When dialects collide: on the banks of the River Jordan; 5. When languages collide: between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean sea; 6. Language and conflict in the Middle East: a conclusion.


Yasir Suleiman is Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, and Director of the Edinburgh Institute for the Advanced Study of the Arab World and Islam at the University of Edinburgh. His publications include The Arabic Language and National Identity: A Study in Ideology (2003) and The Arabic Grammatical Tradition: a Study in Ta'liil (1999).


'Yasir Suleiman's book is a seminal work on the linguistic situation in the Middle East, its socio-political and cultural roots, and its implications for nationhood and the study of conflict. This is a well-crafted, well organized, and eloquent book. ' Karin Ryding, Georgetown University ' ... the book is a good read also for non-linguists, offering possible new perspectives on conflict dynamics.' Journal of Peace Research
EAN: 9780521546560
ISBN: 0521546567
Untertitel: Language and Conflict in the Middle East. 'Cambridge Middle East Studies'. 18 b/w illus. 13 tables. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2004
Seitenanzahl: 286 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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