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Arabic in the Fray: Language Ideology and Cultural Politics

Yasir Suleiman


Taking as its point of departure the symbolic and cognitive roles of language, this book investigates how Arabic is involved in ideological and cultural debates in which conflict is a defining feature. The book shows how discussions about the inimitability of the Qur’an in the pre-modern period were, at some deep level, concerned with issues of ethnic election against the background of inter-ethnic strife among Arabs and non-Arabs, mainly Persians. Discussions of the (un)translatability of the Qur’an in this period are further shown to be related to this notion of ethnic election. In this resp ... More

Keywords: Arabic in the social world, identity, conflict, language ideology, cultural politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748637409
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637409.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yasir Suleiman, author
University of Cambridge