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A War of Words

A War of Words
Language and Conflict in the Middle East

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Part of Cambridge Middle East Studies

  • Date Published: June 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521546560

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  • Yasir Suleiman's 2004 book considers national identity in relation to language, the way in which language can be manipulated to signal political, cultural or even historical difference. As a language with a long-recorded heritage and one spoken by the majority of those in the Middle East in a variety of dialects, Arabic is a particularly appropriate vehicle for such an investigation. It is also a penetrating device for exploring the conflicts of the Middle East, the diversity of its peoples and the diversity of their viewpoints. Suleiman's book offers a wealth of empirical material, and intriguing, often poignant illustrations of antagonisms articulated through pun or double entendre.

    • Pathbreaking book which considers the relationship of language to conflict in the Middle East
    • Theoretically informed and multi-disciplinary with appeal to students of Arabic language, Middle East Studies, sociology, politics and anthropology
    • Author is well known and highly regarded: one of the only scholars working in this field
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    'Yasir Suleiman's book is a seminal work on the linguistic situation in the Middle East, its socio-political and cultural roots, and its implications for nationhood and the study of conflict. This is a well-crafted, well organized, and eloquent book. ' Karin Ryding, Georgetown University

    ' … the book is a good read also for non-linguists, offering possible new perspectives on conflict dynamics.' Journal of Peace Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521546560
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.461kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Language, power and conflict in the Middle East
    3. When language and dialects collide: standard Arabic and its 'opponents'
    4. When dialects collide: on the banks of the River Jordan
    5. When languages collide: between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean sea
    6. Language and conflict in the Middle East: a conclusion.

  • Author

    Yasir Suleiman, University of Edinburgh
    Yasir Suleiman is Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, and Director of the Edinburgh Institute for the Advanced Study of the Arab World and Islam at the University of Edinburgh. His publications include The Arabic Language and National Identity: A Study in Ideology (2003) and The Arabic Grammatical Tradition: a Study in Ta'liil (1999).

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