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    The Arabic language and political ideology

    Aboelezz, Mariam (2017) The Arabic language and political ideology. In: Benmamoun, E. and Bassiouney, R. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics. Routledge Language Handbooks. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 504-517. ISBN 9781138783331.

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    This chapter addresses the symbolic function of Arabic in the political sphere by focusing on its role as a proxy for political ideologies in the Arabic-speaking world. The chapter is divided into two main parts. The first part highlights the inherently political nature of language standardisation and presents evidence from Egypt to demonstrate how standard language ideology is challenged. The second part focuses on the role of Arabic in identity politics and how it has been deployed – or rejected – in a range of nationalisms in the Arab world with a particular focus on Lebanon and Egypt. This part also addresses the role of language ideologies in inter-state relations through a discussion of the Maghreb-Mashreq language ideology.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Arabic, language and politics, language ideologies, language standardisation, diglossia
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Mariam Aboelezz
    Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2019 15:16
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:45


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