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The Politics of Arabic in Israel: A Sociolinguistic Analysis

Camelia Suleiman


Arabic became a minority language in Israel in 1948, as a result of the Palestinian exodus from their land that year. Although it remains an official language, along with Hebrew, Israel has made continued attempts to marginalise Arabic on the one hand, and secutise it on the other. The book delves into these tensions and contradictions, exploring how language policy and language choice both reflect and challenge political identities of Arabs and Israelis. It combines qualitative methods not commonly used together in the study of Arabic in Israel, including ethnography, interviews with journali ... More

Keywords: Arabic, Sociolinguistic, Israel, Palestinians, Orientalism, Hebrew, language policy, national identity, conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474420860
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Camelia Suleiman, author
Michigan State University