A War of Words: Language and Conflict in the Middle East

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 10, 2004 - Social Science
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Yasir Suleiman's 2004 book considers national identity in relation to language, the way in which language can be manipulated to signal political, cultural or even historical difference. As a language with a long-recorded heritage and one spoken by the majority of those in the Middle East in a variety of dialects, Arabic is a particularly appropriate vehicle for such an investigation. It is also a penetrating device for exploring the conflicts of the Middle East, the diversity of its peoples and the diversity of their viewpoints. Suleiman's book offers a wealth of empirical material, and intriguing, often poignant illustrations of antagonisms articulated through pun or double entendre.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Language power and conflict in the Middle East
7
Standard Arabic and its opponents
58
language and conflict in Jordan
96
language and conflict in Palestine and Israel
137
a conclusion
218
Appendix 1
231
Appendix 2
233
References
234
Index
255
Cambridge Middle East Studies 19
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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 Taiil (1999).

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