Arabic Language and National Identity: A Study in Ideology / Edition 1

Arabic Language and National Identity: A Study in Ideology / Edition 1

by Yasir Suleiman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0878403957

ISBN-13: 9780878403950

Pub. Date: 02/28/2003

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

Considering the communicative and symbolic roles of language in articulating national identity, Yasir Suleiman provides a fresh perspective on nationalism in the Middle East. The links between language and nationalism are delineated and he demonstrates how this has been articulated over the past two centuries.

Straddling the domains of cultural and political

Overview

Considering the communicative and symbolic roles of language in articulating national identity, Yasir Suleiman provides a fresh perspective on nationalism in the Middle East. The links between language and nationalism are delineated and he demonstrates how this has been articulated over the past two centuries.

Straddling the domains of cultural and political nationalism, Suleiman examines the Arab past (looking at the interpretation and reinvention of tradition, and myth-making); the clash between Arab and Turkish cultural nationalism in the 19th and early 20th century; readings of canonical treatises on the topic of Arab cultural nationalism, the major ideological trends linking language to territorial nationalism; and provides a research agenda for the study of language and nationalism in the Arab context.

This the first full-scale study of this important topic and will be of interest to students of nationalism, Arab and comparative politics, Arabic Studies, history, cultural studies and sociolinguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878403950
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsviii
1The Arabic Language and National Identity: Aims and Scope
1Aims of the Study: The Disciplinary Context1
2What is National Identity?4
3Theoretical and Empirical Scope9
4Organization of this Book12
2Setting the Scene
1Definition: The Achilles Heel16
2Two Modes of Defining the Nation20
3Two Types of Nation, Two Types of Nationalism23
4Language and National Identity27
5Conclusion33
3The Past Lives On
1Introduction38
2In Praise of Arabic42
3Hikmat al-`Arab: Wisdom of the Arabs47
4Lahn: Solecism49
5`Ajam and `Arab55
6The Arabs as a Nation (umma): Further Evidence64
7Conclusion66
4The Arabic Language Unites Us
1Introduction69
2From Ottomanism to Turkism: The Turkification of the Ottoman Turks70
3From Ottomanism to Arabism: Preliminary Remarks79
3.1The Placards82
3.2Resisting Linguistic Turkification85
3.3The Intellectuals Speak89
4Ibrahim al-Yaziji: From Immediate Aims to Underlying Motives96
5Conclusion109
5Arabic, First and Foremost
1Introduction113
2Under the Banner of Arabic117
3Sati` al-Husri: Arabic, First and Foremost126
3.1Populism: A Question of Style126
3.2Nation, Language and Education128
3.3Defining the Arab Nation131
3.4Arab Nationalism and the Ideologization of Language134
3.5Nation, Language and Religion140
3.6Between the Standard and the Dialects: The Case for Linguistic Reforms142
4Zaki al-Arsuzi: The Genius of the Arab Nation Inheres in its Language146
5Conclusion158
6The Arabic Language and Territorial Nationalism
1Introduction162
2The Arabic Language and Territorial Nationalism: Antun Sa`ada and Regional Syrian Nationalism164
3The Arabic Language and Egyptian Nationalism: Early Beginnings169
4The Arabic Language and Egyptian Nationalism: Full Elaboration174
4.1The Arabic Language and Egyptian Nationalism: Salama Musa180
4.2The Arabic Language and Egyptian Nationalism: Taha Husayn190
4.3The Arabic Language and Egyptian Nationalism: Luwis `Awad197
5The Arabic Language and Lebanese Nationalism: A General Introduction204
5.1The Arabic Language and Lebanese Nationalism: `Abdalla Lahhud207
5.2The Arabic Language and Lebanese Nationalism: Kamal Yusuf al-Hajj210
6Conclusion219
7Conclusion: Looking Back, Looking Forward
1The Arabic Language and National Identity: Looking Back224
2The Arabic Language and National Identity: Looking Forward228
Notes232
Bibliography
Works in Arabic Cited in the Text249
Works in Other Languages Cited in the Text260
Index270

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