ISBN-10:
0878403957
ISBN-13:
2900878403959
Pub. Date:
02/28/2003
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
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-13: 2900878403959
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Professor Yasir Suleiman, FRSE, is Director of the Edinburgh Institute for the Advanced Study of Islam and the Middle East at the University of Edinburgh. He has written and edited several books including The Arabic Grammatical Tradition, Arabic Sociolinguistics and Language and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa.

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

What People are Saying About This

Tim Niblock

A major work. . . . [it] combine[s] detailed knowledge of the language, the underlying philosophy, political trends through the 20th century, and also literary production...will constitute a basic text in all departments where the Arabic language and its associated literature are studied.

Clive Holes

Performs a very useful service in its careful assembling, summarizing, and linking together a lot of rather obscure material, much of it in Arabic...a very useful addition to courses on Arab nationalism, nationalism in general, and Arabic linguistics.

Joshua A. Fishman

Masterfully combine[s] his profound familiarity with the Arabic literature, the endless literature on nationalist ideology, and the very substantial sociolinguistic literature on language and ethnic identity.

From the Publisher

"This compelling and timely study of Arabic culture, language, history, and nationalism by distinguished Arabic linguist Yasir Suleiman, allows English-speaking audiences an inside view of key issues in understanding the Arab world. Based on Suleiman's extensive research in Arabic language and society, the book is scholarly but not pedantic, and will appeal to a wide range of readers."—Karin C. Ryding, professor emerita, Department of Arabic Language, Literature and Linguistics, Georgetown University

"A major work. . . . [it] combine[s] detailed knowledge of the language, the underlying philosophy, political trends through the 20th century, and also literary production...will constitute a basic text in all departments where the Arabic language and its associated literature are studied."—Tim Niblock, professor of Middle Eastern Studies and director, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

"Masterfully combine[s] his profound familiarity with the Arabic literature, the endless literature on nationalist ideology, and the very substantial sociolinguistic literature on language and ethnic identity."—Joshua A. Fishman, Distinguished University Research Professor of Social Sciences, Emeritus, Yeshiva University and visiting professor of linguistics and education, Stanford University and New York University

"Performs a very useful service in its careful assembling, summarizing, and linking together a lot of rather obscure material, much of it in Arabic...a very useful addition to courses on Arab nationalism, nationalism in general, and Arabic linguistics."—Clive Holes, professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, University of Oxford

Karin C. Ryding

This compelling and timely study of Arabic culture, language, history, and nationalism by distinguished Arabic linguist Yasir Suleiman, allows English-speaking audiences an inside view of key issues in understanding the Arab world. Based on Suleiman's extensive research in Arabic language and society, the book is scholarly but not pedantic, and will appeal to a wide range of readers.

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