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Language, Politics and Society in the Middle East – Essays in Honour of Yasir Suleiman - Edinburgh Scholarship Online
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Language, Politics and Society in the Middle East: Essays in Honour of Yasir Suleiman

Yonatan Mendel and Abeer AlNajjar


This book aims to shed light on core questions relating to language and society, language and conflict, and language and politics, in relation to a changing Middle East. While the book focuses on Arabic, it goes way beyond a purely linguistic analysis by bringing to the fore a set of pressing questions about the relationship between Arabic and society. For example, it touches on the development of language policy via an examination of administrative mandates (top-down) in contrast to grassroots initiatives (bottom-up); the deeper layers of the linguistic landscape that highlight the connection ... More

Keywords: language, Middle East, language policy, Arabic language, sociology of language, Arab world, Palestine/Israel, language education, Modern Standard Arabic, colloquial Arabic, language and conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474421539
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yonatan Mendel, editor
University of Cambridge

Abeer AlNajjar, author
London School of Economics

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